La Concorde, KWV HQ in Main Road Paarl

KWV, the iconic winery in Paarl, is two years short of its 100th birthday.  The company has been through a number of changes in the last 20 years or so, but one thing they have clung to is quality and tradition and remember the humble early days as it set out to export South African wines mainly to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries.

Quality shows in the large number of local and international awards for its wines, and the International Spirits Challenge which for the last two years has granted Best Brandy Cognac in the World to the creations of Master Distiller Pieter de Bod and his team.

Abraham Perold

Dr Abraham Perold who is hailed as the father of Pinotage, worked at KWV and is regarded as one of the more respected of viticulturists in South Africa during the 20th Century.

Abraham Perold Insignus 2011

One of the wines named for Abraham Perold is the Abraham Perold Insignus 2011, which is a 100% Shiraz.  47% of the grapes come from Paarl, 40% from Swartland and 13% from Banghoek.  In order to get the best grapes into the cellar, each vineyard could have as many three to 5 different harvesting dates.

Careful elevation in the cellar including a French Oak barrel regime, make this a serious wine which will mature well under the right conditions.

It looks like
Packed under a cork closure in a Bordeaux shaped bottle.  The label is overtly Perold, simple and elegant. In the glass a deep Satsuma plum at the core which pales out to purple garnet at the rim.

It smells like
A really good Shiraz. Bright fruit, red berries and a grind of white pepper. Nice sweet brown spices and vanilla.

It tastes like
Juicy. Sappy. Brilliant fruit from entry into mid palate. Tannins are chalky and well interwoven with the fruit, the acidity. Layer upon complex layer end in a long aftertaste.

Abraham Perold Tributum 2010

The other wine is the Abraham Perold Tributum 2010.  A blend of mainly Pinotage 36% with 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Shiraz, and 5% each of Petit Verdot, Tannat and Malbec. 85% of the grapes come from Stellenbosch and the balance from Paarl. A true mélange of great grapes sourced by KWV’s Chief Viticulturist Marco Ventrella.

Classical elevation in the cellar creating a wine which will last well for another 8 to 10 years if properly cellared.

It looks like
Packed under a cork closure in a Bordeaux shaped bottle.  The label is elegant and has an etching of Abraham Perold. In the glass a deep dark ruby at the core which pales out to garnet at the rim.

It smells like
Cherries red and black, blueberries, graphite and sweet brown spices.

It tastes like
Masses of bright fruit, with layer upon textured layer. Some charcuterie notes. Full mid palate. Softest tannins well interwoven into the other facets of the wine and ending long and fine.

Dianne Bibby’s Creamy Swedish Meatballs with Mushrooms

Both the wines are good with
Great wines for a serious after dinner glass. While I think, there is a tendency to think of Sunday Roasts and hearty casseroles for this type of wine, both will go with more simple easy to prepare and well-cooked mid-week supper. Both would be just perfect with Dianne Bibby’s Creamy Swedish Meatballs with Mushrooms. Click here for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby

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