Not for nothing is Perdeberg Cellar known as the Home of Chenin Blanc. The Winemaking Team under Albertus Louw has so much experience in dealing with the fine grapes the Vineyard Team bring to the cellar.
Perdeberg’s wine grape producers have dryland, unirrigated vineyards. They are bush vines, no trellising, producing few bunches with small berries which have a high ratio of skin to juice, which adds to both the colour and the flavours of the final wines.
Perdeberg has a number of Chenin Blancs, from their Popular Range, two in the Dryland Collection and then bubblies and sweeties to boot.
The grapes for Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 really express a number of things – a fine expression of Chenin Blanc, the ability of dry land bush vines to make deeply flavoured juicy wines.
Elevated in the cellar to keep the grapes and the wine free of oxygen in order to keep them fresh and crisp.
It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle under a natural cork closure. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw with a delicate lime green overlay.
It smells like
In addition to the classical Chenin whiffs, the white flowers, the honey, there are aromas of tropical citrus fruits and pink grapefruit oil.
It tastes like
Rich and round from entry. Full mid palate with flavours of desiccated pineapple, the feel of ripe melon and mango and a touch of aromatic litchi. Full ending which wanes gently.
It’s good with
This is an excellent glass on its own, crisp and refreshing. I always think of chicken with Chenin, though it is a great partner for Oriental dishes. Dianne Bibby’s Coconut Cream Chicken Bake is a lovely match to this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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