Strandveld Grenache 2019
By Christian Eedes, 13 May 2021
Elim is Sauvignon Blanc country when it comes to white wine varieties and, it would seem, Syrah when it comes to reds. Strandveld, however, have some Grenache planted, which historically went into a blend called The Navigator but winemaker Conrad Vlok is increasingly inclined to release a single-variety bottling.
Winemaking for the 2019 involved 50% wholebunch fermentation before maturation lasting nine months in older oak. The nose shows red berries, rose and white pepper while the palate is light-bodied with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins, a pleasant salty quality to the finish. Price: R270 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
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