Piekenierskloof Grenache, 2017


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Winemaster's View

Swartland is one of the Western Cape’s hottest areas at the moment, and Marras has one of the best young winemakers as well. Put the two together and great wines result. This Grenache is choc full of cherry and strawberry notes, with a hint of smoke and a long savoury finish. Made with a small proportion of whole bunch grapes, the wine has been gently matured in old oak casks for added complexity. - Andy Howard MW

About the Wine

South Africa is one of the oldest wine-producing areas but is currently one of the most dynamic and exciting sources for high quality, good-value wines.

Some of the most famous wines of the Western Cape are from Stellenbosch and Paarl, although areas such as Darling, Franschhoek and Hemel-en-Aarde are also renowned for top quality bottles.

However, it is the wines from Swartland (north-west of Paarl) which are currently generating the most excitement. Here, a new-wave of young producers are pushing the boundaries, with red and white wines highlighting the exceptional terroir of the Cape winelands.

Marras, headed up by young winemaker Martin Lamprecht, are part of this movement. Martin graduated in 2010, before being mentored by the highly-regarded winemaker at Cederberg – David Niewoudt.

The grapes for this spicy grenache were handpicked from dry bushland vines on the vast, elevated Pienkenierskloof plain in Swartland.

Goes well with

This Grenache wine has oodles of rich, ripe, warming red fruit characters, combined with fresh acidity.

This is a red wine that can be enjoyed on its own, or as an accompaniment to all types of meat dishes (try it with roast pork loin or a richer game stew), or poultry.

Great with roasted guinea fowl, chargrilled duck breasts or any chicken dish.


Piekenierskloof Grenache
Producer Marras
Year 2017
Grapes Grenache 100%
Piekenierskloof, Swartland
Country South Africa
Colour Red
ABV 13.5%
Organic / Biodynamic No / No
Vegetarian / Vegan Yes / Yes
Volume 750ml (Full bottle)

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