Franschhoek Wine Valley

Grande Provence tops Decanter Cape Mediterranean tasting

Grande Provence has been catapulted into the international wine arena with its flagship White scoring the highest rating awarded in a tasting of Cape Mediterranean whites by the respected UK based Decanter magazine.

The maiden Grande Provence White 2013 from this Franschhoek Heritage Wine Estate, a formidable blend of Chenin blanc and Viognier, is one of only two wines to be categorised as “outstanding” with a score of 95/100 in the June edition of Decanter. The tasting panel comprising three UK Masters of Wine, Tim Atkin, Adrian Garforth and Greg Sherwood, reviewed an extensive line-up of South African wines representing a diverse range of Mediterranean grape varieties. The tasting focused on Mediterranean grapes in general, not just blends and featured the cream of South African producers.

This outstanding rating for the Grande Provence White 2013 is a triumph for winemaker Karl Lambour, who began his tenure at Grande Provence in 2012.

Karl Lambour

Atkins describes the wine as a “smart” with “good ageing potential” whilst Garforth highlights the “mineral taut nose” and zesty finish. The “interesting oak and gunflint aromas” caught Sherwood’s attention. All three panellists rated the wine 95/100 individually.

This outstanding achievement is the result of Lambour’s sheer determination to produce exceptional wine when he joined the winemaking team at Grande Provence, immediately setting the task of identifying great vineyards within the estate’s range. 

“We have access to an incredible and venerable 33 year old Chenin blanc vineyard.  It produces wonderfully concentrated but low yielding fruit from its gnarled vines.  I found a little block of Viognier high on the slopes of the Franschhoek mountains that gave such amazingly perfumed grapes that I had to keep it separate. These two special sites combined make up the superb Grande Provence White,” says Lambour. 

With the emphasis on expressing fruit and texture, the wine was aged in older wood (500L) for 12 months before bottling.

The Grande Provence White 2013 sells for R350 at the Grande Provence Tasting Room, and can also be found at leading wine shops and fine dining restaurants. For added convenience, this wine can be purchased online from Purchases of 12 bottles or more qualify for free delivery anywhere in South Africa. 

Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale. Part of The Huka Retreats, Grande Provence also offers guests The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit, or Twitter @grande_provence.

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