One of the happier times I have had recently was a lunch at Dear Me at which an important new range of Wines from Perdeberg Winery, The Dry Land Collection, was matched, wine for wine, with some truly sublime food by Chef Patron Vanessa Marx.
Perdeberg is located in Agter Paarl between Malmesbury and Durbanville. Renowned for its Chenin Blanc, Perdeberg’s supplier vineyards stretch through four different micro-climates and differing soils, aspect and altitude allow for a varied choice of quality grapes to be delivered to the winery. Cooling breezes from the Benguela Current ameliorate the heat of summer.
Importantly 70% of the vineyards rely almost entirely on the predominantly winter rainfall and are not irrigated.
Perdeberg has taken a leap of faith and released a range of premium wines called The Dry Land Collection. A leap of faith which will make wine drinkers sit up and take notice. At the lunch with me were Niel Pendock and Christine Rudman, two ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ wine scribes. Rudman has a unique experience of Perdeberg as she tastes the winery’s products for the well known Platter Guide. Pendock has been voted as South Africa’s most trusted palate. All three of us were blown away by these wines.
The range, which is available from the beginning of September from the winery and in restaurants, consists of
The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011
Aromas and flavours of ripe tropical fruits, vanilla and a big gentle mouthfeel, long aftertaste.
The Dry Land Collection Pinotage 2011
Classical cherry berry and plums, lasts long on the palate. Soft luscious stuff.
The Dry Land Collection Shiraz 2011
Benchmark Shiraz plums and freshly ground white pepper. Lovely oak undertow in the long and gently waning aftertaste.
The Dry Land Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Delicious, different. Blackcurranty, seamless oak, soft tannins, lovely drop.
The Dry Land Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2010
Named for Joseph Huskisson, winemaker at Perdeberg for a number of years in the 20th century. A blend of 40% each of Shiraz and Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe berry fruity, spicy, tobacco and cacoa notes. Round full flavoured wine.
The Dry Land Collection Unwooded Chenin Blanc 2013
Just masses of wonderful fruit – small berries, big flavours. Pears, white flowers, grapefruit and lime.
The Dry Land Collection Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc 2013
All the ‘green’ Savuignon aromas and flavours, asparagus, fresh cut grass, fynbos herbs. Fresh, vibrant.
The Dry Land Collection Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2013
The two great grapes of Champagne find partnership again in this summery wine. Waves of red berry fruit from the Pinot Noir and the elegant ‘backbone’ of Chardonnay citrus, melon and mango.
And The Dry Land Collection Chardonnay Viognier 2013 which will follow in January 2014
The most amazing thing about these wines is the selling price, the white from just above R60 a bottle and the reds at just below R80. As they say in the Guide Michelin – well worth the detour.
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