As far as I know there are only 25 Grenache Noir single varietal wines in South Africa. The grape is usually used in a blend with other Rhone style reds.
The latest addition to this elite collection comes from the boutique winery Oldenburg, nestled in the spectacular Banghoek Valley just off the Helshoogte Pass that lies between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Their elegant tasting room is just the place to taste this delicious new wine with magnificent views all around. The launch of the Grenache Noir was held in the beautifully modernised Manor House, a perfect example of what can be achieved when that formidable combination of taste and money meet in serendipitous harmony. The Manor House is available for hire at a mere R22 000 per night and sleeps 12 in comfortable luxury.
Catering was by that cooking wizard, Craig Cormack, well known in Cape culinary circles. A few of the younger guests stripped down to swimming costumes and plunged into the fabulous pool but there isn’t enough money in the Cape to make the rest of us do the same.
The Oldenburg Grenache Noir was harvested from bush vines with low yields of 6 tonnes per hectare. Half of each bunch was removed after the fruit set in order to concentrate flavour and colour. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels resulting in a deliciously dark red wine packed with fruit flavours with some spicy nuances. It is available at the cellar at R250 a bottle.
Oldenburg on the Helshoogte Pass Phone 021 885 1618
Words: Greg Landman