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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, 2018

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Largely from very low-yields (in the drought year) from bush vines planted in 1987 on koffieklip (ferricrete, a sedimentary rock widely distributed in the Cape) and loam; and fermented in third fill, large French oak barrels. Enticingly open scents of ripe citrus and grapefruit pith. Forward and full-flavoured, with tangerine, ripe apple and lime – and a creamy meringue element. Terrific finish; with salinity and just a hint of a palate-cleansing bitter element that makes this a perfect match for Mediterranean cuisine. May age intriguingly. Now-2022

Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, 2018

Product Code: PIK118

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Dry

Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Region: Piekenierskloof
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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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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