For me, wine is a seasonal indulgence. My tastes and moods change as the leaves on the trees. With Perdeberg Wines‘ The Vineyard Collection, I can’t help but feel a spring in my step as we wait for warmer days!
I’m not a staunch “red for winter, white for summer” believer, but there’s a loose invisible thread that connects certain wines varietals to seasons. There’s nothing more satisfying that an icy Sauvignon Blanc on a hot summer’s afternoon. Nothing more soothing than a moody, full-bodied red whilst huddled in sheepskin slippers.
But then there’s spring. As the days start to turn crisp and light, I’m overcome with wanderlust. My feet itch for unexplored meadows and mountain paths, for sandy beaches and cobblestone streets. In the same way spring invoke feelings of adventure in my soul, so does my palate long for something different; something unique. Something to whisk it away to a place between summer and winter, with promises of renewal and exquisite beauty.
I was recently gifted three bottles of Perdeberg Wines‘ The Vineyard Collection wines. This specific range amplifies my wanderlust ten-fold, filled with curious cultivars – perfect for the adventurous wine enthusiast like myself.
I received a Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2020, a Grenache Blanc 2020 and a MCC Chenin Blanc 2018. The range further includes a Malbec and a Cinsault, among others.
Situated at the foothills of the Paardeberg Mountain in Paarl, one of the finest wine-growing areas of the Cape, lies Perdeberg Cellar. The hallmark and most differentiating quality of Perdeberg wines is our predominant use of unirrigated vineyards, termed dry land vines. Overcoming difficult growing conditions, dry land vines yield small berries with concentrated flavour and colour which in turn create superior wines.
The winery’s rich history dates back to 1941, when a visionary wine farmer named Jan Rossouw suggested the area’s farmers begin producing their own wine. Perdeberg adopted its distinguishing name from the scores of Cape Mountain zebras that once roamed the Paardeberg area, mistaken for wild horses by local inhabitants (https://perdeberg.co.za/).
The Vineyard Collection
Perdeberg’s Vineyard Collection range is created from specific vineyards, each with a unique character for its cultivar and terroir.
Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2020
Tasting notes: strawberry, candy floss and raspberry aromas are all attributed to Pinot Noir, while Chardonnay boosts notes of mango, pineapple and fruit salad. The palate is fruity and crisp with a zippy acidity, combining an array of flavours and sensations, leaving you with a fresh and lively aftertaste.
In the vineyard: 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay
Ageing potential: ready to drink now
Food pairing: sushi, prawn salad or fresh oysters
Cellar door price: approx. R80 a bottle
MCC Chenin Blanc 2018
Tasting notes: notes of green pear, Granny Smith apples, lime and grapefruit on the nose, followed with a minerality on the palate and a biscuity finish.
In the vineyard: vines planted in 1977, this wine carries great heritage and forms part of our line-up at the Home of Chenin Blanc whereby we create multiple expressions of this noble grape variety. 100% Chenin Blanc.
Ageing potential: ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age further for three to five years.
Food pairing: serve well-chilled as an aperitif at any festival or special occasion, and pair it with oysters or fresh seafood dishes.
Cellar door price: approx. R140 a bottle
Grenache Blanc 2020
Tasting notes: great stone fruit, white pear and grapefruit aromas with a fruity aftertaste.
In the vineyard: harvested from 12-year-old bush vine vineyards in the Piekenierskloof area. The soils are sandstone with no irrigation used, thus only relying on winter rainfall. 100% Grenache Blanc.
Ageing potential: ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age further for two to three years.
Food pairing: fish, poultry or prawn dishes and is an ideal match for spicy tacos. Best served chilled.
Cellar door price: approx. R80 a bottle
A spring feast
To celebrate the abundance of spring and my absolute lust for wandering, I drew inspiration from the Italians and the French. They have the gift of preparing light, uncomplicated fare just as easily as five star showstoppers.
I settled on a generous pan of lemon risotto, filled with petit pois and peashoots. Add a handful of fragrant pecorino and you have a one pan dish that satisfy the most indulgent craving. I also opted for a classic spinach and feta quiche, stuffed with greens and chunks of salty, creamy feta. A crumbly crust is compulsory.
What a feast. Perfectly paired to my Vineyard Collection trio, there was a taste adventure waiting for those keen to explore beautiful food and wine. As is suitably expected, all that was left, was a few crumbs and empty glasses scattered after a lovely languid lunch.
As much as I wish I could taste every wine in the world and travel to every country known to man, I secretly enjoy the fact that there’s always something new left over to discover. If you’re stuck for gift ideas for a keen wine appreciator, Perdeberg Wines‘ The Vineyard Collection is a great place to start. Even more so if you’d like to expand your personal collection and open your palate to new, exciting and interesting wine types and varietals. This collection appreciates the unexpected, soothing the itch of wanderlust for a while.
Thank you, Perdeberg Wines, for reminding me that there’s always an adventure waiting, whether you’re on a plane or in your armchair; you just have to be ready to embark.
Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.
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