2021 Olifantsberg Grenache Noir

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Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Breedekloof
Appellation Breedekloof (Appellation)
Winery Olifantsberg
Vintage 2021
Grape Grenache
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2028
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Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the middle of the South African wine region Breedekloof. This small five-hectare winery 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 constant 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 fertilized organically 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 Elizma Visser lets nature do its work. After crushing the grapes, a traditional skin soaking follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels on its own lees, of which about a third is renewed annually. The wines from Olifantsberg are therefore perfectly balanced with beautiful, very dosed oak in smell and taste.

The Olifantsberg Grenache Noir is a beautiful South African grenache. In the glass it has an almost Pinot Noir-like bright light red color. Open and attractive with red fruit such as red cherry, strawberry, a little raspberry and red ripe berries, a little spicy. In the mouth, the Grenache Noir is supple, soft and juicy, lots of fruit, fine spiciness with soft tannins. This wine comes into its own when it is drunk slightly chilled (15 degrees).

Winelife *** (highest rating):
“Taste pure Grenache? Here you have it in all its glory. So with all its warmth, ripe red fruit, just enough spiciness and mild acidity for a juicy aftertaste.”

I love Food & Wine:
I fell for this delicious Grenache from South Africa. This is pure Grenache, in all its full, refined glory. So with warmth, ripe red fruit, just enough spiciness and mild acidity for a juicy aftertaste. first enjoy a glass without anything on the side and then combine it with roasted vegetables, baked white fish or poultry. It comes from the slate soils in Breedekloof, from the slopes of the Brandwacht mountain range.

90 points – Tim Atkin 2018
91 points – WineMag.co.za 2019

Vineyard for 2021 Olifantsberg Grenache Noir

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.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
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 2028
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
Tasting Profiles Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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