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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

Piekenierskloof has more Grenache planted than any other estate in the Cape - that's why so many of the young gun winemakers buy their Grenache here. We reckon going direct to the source delivers better value. From vines averaging 25 years... Read More

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

ColourRed

RegionPiekenierskloof

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyGrenache

Vintage2019

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodePIK819

Our Rating

Full-bodied

Light > Full

Piekenierskloof

Piekenierskloof South Africa For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, youngand old. I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a co-operative but now...

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha  Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol. As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others). Its flavour usually encompasses the spectrum between raspberry...

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

Piekenierskloof has more Grenache planted than any other estate in the Cape - that's why so many of the young gun winemakers buy their Grenache here. We reckon going direct to the source delivers better value. From vines averaging 25 years old, but incorporating parcels going back to 1973; all into old, effectively neutral, oak. This shows lush, old vine fruit, with smokey, vanilla and coffee notes over the heart of cooked strawberries. Appealing sweetness. A real Rhône challenger. Now-2024

How we came to work with Piekenierskloof in 2020: for years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof - not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old. I didn't realise that Piekenierskloof wasn't just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a co-operative but now owned principally by two brothers, grandsons of Johan Abraham Van Zyl who first settled the heights above Citrusdal in 1923. The derivation of the name is from the establishment of outposts on the mountain pass by Dutch Piekeniers, pikemen - whose military poses have been wittily adapted to farming and gardening tasks on the labels!

The vineyards lie across the Paleisheuwel plateau in the Citrusdal mountains at 550-700m. of altitude - all dry-farmed with a high percentage of very old vines. The climate is perfect, with sunny summers and cooling breezes making for low yields and healthy fruit. With an impressive managing and winemaking team of Cerina and Jaco Van Niekerk in place, there's smarter winemaking than in the past. With a reduction in the use of oak (especially the vanilla-scented American oak), one can appreciate the quality of the grapes grown here - which drew so many others to buy the fruit. Finally, all the wines offer superb value.

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Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionPays d'Oc

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bag in Box5l

CodeBIB219

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