If, as a Capetonian, you have not yet visited Perdeberg Winery, put it on your pre-bucket list and get there. As a holidaymaker to the Cape, this winery in the foothills of the Paardeberg is WWTV as they say in Guide Michelin – well worth the visit. The Winery offers a really sublime wines, their own Quagga Beers, and truly excellent food. Simple country cooking, so perfect for the surroundings and always a perfect match to almost any of the Winery’s Wines, but particularly for me, the Vineyard Collection.
Perdeberg is modestly known as the Home of Chenin Blanc, this it may well be, though Albertus Louw and his team in the cellar create ranges of wines, each with its own particular niche in the market. There is the Soft Smooth Range of which the red is my particular favourite, The Classic Collection – these you will find on your Supermarket Shelves, The Dry Land Collection and The Vineyard Collection of which my wine of the day – The Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Shiraz 2017 – is part. There is a pair of icon wines, the fabulous single vineyard wines, The Endura, a single vineyard Chenin and the Rex Equus, a Cape Blend.
The grapes for the Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Shiraz 2017 come from 32-year-old vineyards in the Paardeberg area. As expected, the soil is made up of decomposed granite and Glenrosa. Hand harvested at dawn to keep the grapes as cool as possible, the grapes are destalked and crushed. The fruit is left in the juice for 2 days to allow for the colour and aromas and flavours to start moving into the juice. Fermentation, during which regular pump overs too place, and malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. A component of the wine being matured in previous fill 300 litre French oak barrels. The wines were then blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant and a step away from the other ranges. In the glass, the wine is gem bright, bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges. The aromas are of black berries, purple plums and a grin of pepper. These are to be found on the palate as is the generous fruit in the mid-palate and on the perfectly harmoniously interwoven aftertaste which is long and gently waning.
Do chill this wine before serving, we did and it does make such a difference, particularly now in the heat of summer. The Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Shiraz 2017 is also the perfect food wine. Great with hearty spicy dishes like a good well reduced tomato bredie, a piece of braaied boerewors, or Christine Capendale’s Slow Roasted Lamb Pie, a stunner of a dish. Click here for her recipe.
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