When you name a wine and it stands on the shelf of your favourite supermarket or bottle store, it creates an expectation in the customer. “Ah that‘s exactly what I am looking for!” And when taken home and consumed, it brings a little frisson of excitement as a result of expectations well met. And so, it is with the Perdeberg Soft Smooth Red 2015, it delivers what it says on the label.
Perdeberg is well known for its dryland, mainly bush vine grape producers, who work in tandem with the wineries Viticulturists to produce the finest grapes for delivery to Albertus Louw, the Perdeberg Cellar Master and his team.
The variety of red grapes for this wine are grown on Malmesbury Shale in a climate which consists of moderately warm sunshine days with cooling maritime breezes which ameliorate the heat in the vineyards. The vineyards deliver an even-handed 6 to 8 tons per hectare. Small bunches, small berries packed with colour and flavours.
The wine has a touch of residual sugar, it is perfect for those who do not like it completely dry.
It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under screw cap. The label is simple and elegant with the Cape Zebra which used to roam the mountains near the winery, peeking in from the left side. In the glass, it is a gem bright bloodplums red at the core which pales out to a purple garnet at the edges.
It smells like
A profusion of red and black fruit.
It tastes like
Bright fruit, plums, mulberries, blueberries and roadside brambles. Tannins in cashmere. Satisfying spicy ending.
It’s good with
Slightly chilled, this is a good glass on its own. Unpretentious, very smooth. It is made for food, particularly gently spiced food, like soft Thai or Kerala Curries. Zola Nene, International award-winning cook book writer, Judge in the new series of The Great South African Bake Off and Executive Chef on the Expresso Breakfast TV Show offers a South African favourite, stok brood – stick bread. Zola Nene’s Boerewors Stok Brood with Tomato Smoor is the perfect match for this very approachable wine. Click here for her recipe.
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