Perdeberg Winery is situated in the foothills of the Paardeberg, named thus by the early settlers as it was home to ‘wilde paarden’, the Cape Zebra. Perdeberg Rex Equus 2014 pays homage to this indigenous animal, Rex Equus being Latin for King Horse.
A classical Cape Blend which requires a high percentage of South Africa’s own red wine grape, Pinotage. The Pinotage component is 50% of the blend. The other components are Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Mourvèdre (10%), Malbec (10%) and Grenache Noir (10%). This is the best expression of the grapes received from the Winery’s contract growers and a fingerprint of the quality that comes out of this cellar across all the ranges.
Albertus Louw, the Cellarmaster at Perdeberg winery selects the best combination of fruits for this limited release wine.
It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle. The livery is an elegant black with gold lettering for the name of the wine. This limited release wine is packed in a box which reflects the bottle packaging. In the glass, it is a deep bloodplum at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges.
It smells like
The tempting aromas of red berries, blackberries with brown spices.
It tastes like
Full and round from entry to tail. Sappy black cherries raspberries and Tay berries fill the palate with cashmere clad tannins. Soft and full mid palate with the tannins, fruit, acidity and oaking all interwoven into the long smooth finish.
It’s good with
Philosophical conversation after dinner with a bar of snappy dark Belgian chocolate. This is a perfect food wine. It needs a dish which will honour it. Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Roast Leg of Pork, Hanepoot Apples & Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes hits the mark as a great companion. Click here for her recipe.
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