2021 Olifantsberg Grenache Blanc

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Breedekloof
Appellation Breedekloof (Appellation)
Winery Olifantsberg
Vintage 2021
Grape Grenache
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2027
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Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the middle of South Africa's Breedekloof wine region. This small, five-hectare wine estate has been owned by the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards are located on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high location and the almost constantly blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate. Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard is worked with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are taken to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Jacques de Plessis lets nature do its work. After crushing the grapes, a traditional skin soaking follows and the grapes are fermented. After this, they are matured in oak barrels on their own lees, about a third of which are renewed annually. The Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautiful, highly dosed oak in smell and taste.

Only a handful of bottles of the Olifantsberg Grenache Blanc are made and this is an almost Hermitage/Rhône-like wine with Priorat touches due to the slate terroir on which the Grenache grapes grow. Like all Olifantsberg wines, fermentation here also takes place with natural fermentation and takes place in French oak barrels and a foudre, which gives the wine extra complexity. At Olifantsberg the wines are given time and nature must do its work, so the Grenache Blanc is also allowed to mature for 10 months on its own lees, which further contributes to the freshness and richness of the wine. The Grenache blanc has a unique style with a lot of finesse. Subtle lime blossoms and green herbs together with peach and quince followed by a richly structured taste and balanced acidity.

Platter's 94/1000 ****(*)
Vibrant 2018 ups the quality on 2017 (92 pts). Ripe stonefruit with lemon tang & savory notes. As with others, complex winemaking: natural ferment, 5% skin & portion in 600L 'egg'. Result is weighty yet lively, layered wine contained in subtle oak frame with lees breadth.

4.5* PLATTER 2019 & 2020 / 91 WINEMAG.CO.ZA 2018 / 93 TIM ATKIN 2018 / 95 TIM ATKIN 2019

Vineyard for 2021 Olifantsberg Grenache Blanc

Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the heart of the Breedekloof wine region in South Africa. This small, 5 hectare winery has been in the hands of the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards lie on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high altitude and the almost constant blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate.

Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard works with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are brought to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Elizma Visser lets nature do its job. After crushing the grapes, a traditional peel maceration follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels, of which approximately one third is renewed annually. The Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in aroma and taste.


The fact that we are talking about a great winery here is evident from the fact that their wines receive very favorable reviews. The Silhouette won gold in 2015 at the most prestigious wine competition in South Africa, namely The OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW and won the 1st prize for Best Shiraz-based blend and received no less than 94/100 points. This is very special for a young winery such as Olifantsberg. In addition to the focus on quality, low yields and passion, it certainly plays a role that these wines receive these high ratings. In contrast to, for example, Stellenbosch, which is on the other side of the gorge, this is the Breedekloof an almost Priorat-like terroir with a lot of slate. This explains the beautiful mineral tones in the Olifantsberg wines.

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Breedekloof
Appellation Breedekloof (Appellation)
Winery Olifantsberg
Grape Grenache
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2027
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Floral, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard
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