Paardeberg Mountain in the Paarl Wine Appellation takes its name from the Cape Mountain Zebra which roamed the mountain. They were called wilde paarden by the early Dutch settlers who mistook them for wild horses. The Perdeberg Winery was founded in 1941. The vineyards from which the winery draws its grapes from a wide range of microclimatic conditions are mainly dry land bush vines which are not irrigated. The premium range of Perdeberg The Dry Collection contains a number of single variety and blended white and red wines made by Natalie Kühne and Cellar Master Albertus Louw, using modern winemaking techniques in the Perdeberg Winery Cellar on the lower slopes of the Paardeberg.
The blend of The Perdeberg Rossouw’s Heritage 2017 is made up of 59% Chenin Blanc 27% Grenache Noir, and 14% Viognier. Expressing the uniqueness of wines, the grapes for which are growing under testing circumstances. While Chenin Blanc was one of the early arrivals in the Cape, it is a gem in the Perdeberg crown. The grapes were harvested from two vineyards 26 and 32 years old in the Perdeberg area. The soils are mainly decomposed granite and Glenrosa. The vines are in natural balance, giving a low yield of 7 tons per hectare to enhance fruit complexity.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed under natural cork. The label is classical and charming for this range of wines. In the glass, the wine is a pale wheaten colour and gem bright. The aromas are of windfall citrus and sweet tropical limes. The palate from entry is full, with a generous mid palate going into a long aftertaste which has a sparky acidity. While the wine is eminently accessible and enjoyable now, it will improve with a couple of years of cool cellaring, it has all the attributes of a wine able to be matured for 5 years at least.
The Perdeberg Rossouw’s Heritage 2017 is a wine made for food. It is good as an aperitif and follow into a meal and an excellent sundown sipper. I always feel that a blend like this is good with chicken which has been ungraded, like Ina Paarman’s Flattie in a Frying Pan. Click HERE for her recipe and to browse her website.
Perdeberg Winery is a destination visit, the Eat Restaurant offers sublime food, which you can enjoy with Perdeberg Wines and their Quagga Craft Beer.
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