The Perdeberg Winery sits in the foothills of The Paardeberg, thus named for the Cape Zebra which used to roam freely over the mountains. The Winery rightly calls itself, The Home of Chenin Blanc. From the Classic Collection, the modern easily available and even handedly priced quaffer through to the Endura, a single vineyard flagship wine. Albertus Louw, the Cellarmaster of Perdeberg, and his team make a full range of fine wines through most varieties and blends.
The winery has access to grapes which are grown as bush vines and not irrigated, hence to allusion to Dry Land. Bunches and berries are usually lighter and smaller, and more concentrated in colour and wonderful complex flavours. The Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Courageous Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2016 is a superb expression of an oaked Chenin Blanc. Fermented and matured in French oak barrels, the wine is in a rich, wooded style. Richly textured as a result of the age-old traditions of Dry Land viticulture.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle and closed with natural cork. The label is minimalist with an illustration of dry land vines in winter. In the glass, the wine is gem bright and a pale gold in colour. The aromas are as expected, windfall citrus, ripe white fleshed peaches and desiccated pineapple. The mouth feel is full from entry, flavours billow into the mid palate, a golden thread of acidity and the full fruit, tropical litchis and vanilla pods run into the long lasting aftertaste.
This is a food wine, though cold be a sundown sipper leading into an evening meal. Chenin Blanc obliges with being compatible with most foods, from the most delicate of lettuce cream soups to the more robust pork belly with crisp crackling and apple sauce. I don’t know whether you have ever made a frittata before, but they are fun as a supper dish. Christine Capendale’s Smoked Snoek Frittata is Italian of origin, South African by filling and matches the Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Courageous Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2016 perfectly. I regard Chenin Blanc as a South African grapes. Our plantings are 6 times those of France is home. Click HERE for Christine’s recipe.
The Pinotage and Biltong Festival takes place at Perdeberg Winery on 13th & 14th April from 11h00 to 17h00. A number of Paarl Wineries will be taking part. Book now – tickets online at www.plankton.mobi. Dress: Purple & White.
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