At the foot of the Paardeberg mountain lies a place that begs to be explored through taste and smell. With an impressive collection of superb wines, Perdeberg Wines should be the next stop on your adventure.
There’s few activities in this life I enjoy as much as I do a leisurely wine tasting. Even better when it’s a food and wine tasting, of course! Just the sheer joy and excitement of new wine discoveries keeps me driving out to the winelands weekend after weekend.
A few weeks back, I was graciously invited to experience Perdeberg Wines‘ new summer tasting menu, expertly paired with their The Vineyard Collection wines. Always up for an adventure, we headed out on a sunny Saturday afternoon to Paarl, chomping at the bit to experience Perdeberg in its fullest glory.
The hallmark and most differentiating quality of Perdeberg Wines is their 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.
In the cellar, their wines are created through the synergy of art, intuition and science to reveal the best of what has been brought in from the vineyards. They follow a wine estate inspired process including intensive vineyard management, handpicking grapes in small crates, small presses and maturing in barrels (https://perdeberg.co.za/).
The Vineyard Collection
Prior to my visit, as an appetiser, I was gifted three of The Vineyard Collection’s superstars to enjoy in the comfort of my home. Hardly having to lure me with wine (but happy that they did!), I couldn’t wait to get out there to taste the rest of the collection. Beautifully elegant in their sleek labels, the collection includes eight premium wines, as well as a MCC.
The Vineyard Collection wines are made from specific vineyards, each with its unique character for its cultivar and terroir. Wines are made in an elegant new world style and with subtle wood contact on the reds. White wines are unwooded.
The collection includes the following: a Chenin Blanc MCC, Pinot Noir Rosé, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Pinotage, Cinsault and a Malbec.
To read my review on Perdeberg’s The Vineyard Collection wines, please click here!
Chef Rob Hahn is no stranger to fine dining, comfort cuisine or running a successful restaurant. In fact, he takes it all very beautifully in his long strides. With a colourful and dedicated career in the culinary arts, he’s honed his skills over the years and finally his wanderlust lead him to Perdeberg. He also is no stranger to feeding celebrities; his impressive dinner guests include the likes of Nelson Mandela!
What I enjoy most about dining at Eat, is the genuine hospitality and sincere joviality that simply ooze out the front doors. The talented Eat team under the guidance of owner and Chef Rob and wife Nicky, works hard to create seasonal menus filled with locally sourced products that leaves you hungry for more. Couple your lunch with cellar-priced bottles of wine, and you have a lovely weekend indulgence. The breakfast and lunch a-la-carte menu is available Wednesday to Sunday, or why don’t you celebrate with their signature braai picnic or wood-fired pizzas?
The restaurant itself is intimate and cosy. For the pending summer months, it spills out onto the outdoor dining area, scattered with lazy tables and umbrellas for shade. There is also a great kiddies’ play area that is safe for little hands and feet at play.
And, whilst you’re there, pop into the deli and stock up on some delicious nibbles; from breads and pastries, to cheese, spreads and cold meats!
But now we get to the real adventure: their VC wine and canapé experience!
The VC wine and canapé tasting
As we settled down outside with the sun on our backs, Chef Rob came out for a quick chat about this specific pairing. Showcasing the best of their summer menu, these little morsels of deliciousness are perfectly paired with this exquisite collection of wines. Aimed to invoke a feeling of “wanderlust,” I felt exactly that as I tasted my way through more unusual varietals.
The tasting consisted of the following:
Roasted cashew nuts with VC Chenin Blanc MCC
Bobotie Springroll with Grenache Blanc
Italian Salami with VC Shiraz
Arancini Ball with VC Malbec
The tasting is available Wednesday – Sunday at a cost of R135 per person.
Sips and snacks in the sun
I should probably work down the tasting sequence in order, but forgive me if I jump to the bobotie springroll immediately. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting these little rolls of deliciousness, you are seriously lacking in your culinary discovery of the Cape. Served with a homemade chutney from Chef Rob’s kitchen, it’s an unexpectedly full-mouth pairing with Perdeberg’s Grenache Blanc. A snack and a sip to savour, each in its own right!
Chef Rob continues to surprise with his Malbec and arancini pairing, as you work your way through The Vineyard Collection. It’s such a thrill to come across unusual pairings that tend to break out of the conventional “red-meat-red-wine, white-meat-white-wine” boxes. Not only does these remarkable pairings showcase Chef Rob’s marvellous innovativeness, but also the full colour wheel of The Vineyard Collection.
Simply a lovely, wholesome family day out in the winelands. Perdeberg and Eat offer the best seasonal dishes alongside unpretentious, honest wines. And that’s what I like most about a day at Perdeberg; the uncomplicatedness of it all. The genuity of its people, wines and food.
Head out to Perdeberg this summer season as we rediscover our own country and city under the cloud of COVID. With the sun on your back and a delicate glass of Perdeberg VC Chenin Blanc MCC in your hand, life is perfect. Oh, but remember to book your table at Eat@Perdeberg, as the best kept secret in Cape Town has now been exposed! Whether it’s for a tasting, lunch, or their signature braai picnic, Perdeberg is on stand-by to welcome you into its wide, loving embrace!
Thank you, Perdeberg Wines, Chef Rob and the lovely Nicky, for always indulging me with your hospitality and time. Cheers to The Vineyard Collection, which is my summer staple this year!
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