KWV Classic Collection Petit Verdot 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Pappardelle with Pork Ragu & Burrata – 02.11.2016

KWV Classic Collection Petit Verdot 2015 without WMA logoKWV Classic Collection Petit Verdot 2015

Petit Verdot is known as one of the Bordeaux Big Five.  The other four are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec.  Petit Verdot is usually one of the minor players.  And for the KWV Classic Collection Petit Verdot 2015, the winemaking team felt that they had a strong candidate for a single variety wine, and I think they have really succeeded here.

Petit Verdot copyPetit Verdot, ripening on the vine

The grapes come from a variety of vineyards which fall in the Western Cape Wine Appellation from KWV growers.

2015 was an interesting vintage in that during the August of 2014, there was a heat wave which nudged the vines into life resulting in early bud break and early harvesting.

red-wine-barrel-lrA wine thief removing a tasting sample from a barrel

Conventional winemaking processes were followed and some components of the wine were matured in French oak barrels for 8 to 10 months before being blended and prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Packed in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with a classic minimalist label.  In the glass, it is a dark red plum at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the rim.

Dalewood Huguenot copyDalewood Fromage Huguenot, perfect companion

It smells like
Whiffs of Morello cherries, and lead pencil shavings.

It tastes like
Good. Dry with a lovely sappy juicy mouthful with bright ‘sweet’ fruit. Pleasant supportive chunky tannins and the oak undertow continues through the long and gently waning aftertaste.

img_2498Nadia Graves’s Pappardelle with Pork Ragu & Burrata

It’s good with
This is a perfect glass with some nibbly bits like dried sausage, shaved biltong or a thin slice of Dalebrook Fromage’s Huguenot. Nadia Groves, who lives in the Dordogne in France, is a cookery writer and teacher.  Her Pappardelle with Pork Ragu & Burrata is the perfect mid-week supper dish for this wine.  Click here for her recipe.

Nadia Graves Pic 2Nadia Graves

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