“I grew up with Grenache,” shares South African wine legend, Jan Boland Coetzee. His pale blue eyes focused on the verdant Swartland hills from our vantage point on Adi Badenhorst’s porch. The crops and vines were lush from the wettest Cape winter in many years. “My grandfather planted it in the Piekenierskloof, my nephews still farm there today.” Grenache held something of a dubious honour back then. It was planted for its ability to deliver big yields, it was used as a blending component to fatten out ubiquitous Cape blends, […]
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