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Vriesenhof Grenache 2011

All things to all people.
All things to all people.

“Sophisticated and serious as well as easily delightful” writes colleague Tim James of the Grenache 2011 from Vriesenhof in the 2014 edition of Platter’s (before awarding it 4½ Stars) and I know what he means.

It’s the kind of wine which doesn’t take over the evening but is just part of the evening, uplifting the meal and promoting conviviality. Red fruit plus spice and a certain hung meat quality (in a good way), lemon-like acidity and fine tannins. Big-hearted and honest (I got my bottle for R156.25 at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival).

Score: 90/100.


  1. Piekenierskloof’s best, as far as I’m concerned. And yes, that “doesn’t take over the evening but uplifts the meal & the conviviality” is pretty much Jan Boland Coetzee’s house style with all his wines. Classic, restrained, elegant. Woe betide us once he retires from Vriesenhof.


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