We recently visited Perdeberg Winery in Paarl for a media day to celebrate the launch of their new Chenin Blanc. I was pleasantly surprised by this winery - I had expected a small, sort of unassuming spot, but instead, I was greeted by a very modern venue with a new tasting area.
The winery itself is still quite young, having had their first bottled wine released in 2005. They were the first winery in the area to employ a full-time viticulturist, and since then, have been working hard to maintain their high-quality production of wine.
Perdeberg produces an impressive total of eight different kinds of Chenin Blanc and is the only cellar thus far to achieve four consecutive Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc awards. Pretty cool!
When we arrived, we were greeted by Johan van Dyk - Perdeberg's Marketing Manager. He gave us a glass of the Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc MCC (see below). It smells like apples and citrus, and is light and fruity. It's recently got a new label. I unfortunately didn't take a pic of the old label, but this new one is very pretty and classy-looking.
We then went into a special, pretty impressive tasting room. It's very modern, with smooth white counters, pull-out spittoons, and dark brick walls - nice and cool on a hot day. In this room, is a bush vine mounted to the wall (see below). It's really awesome to see how big it actually is! Johan said this one was still not as big as they get - check out the roots on that thing!
Our tasting of the Chenins then began. I really enjoyed this tasting, because I had not really experienced such a range of Chenin Blancs before. I mean, a Chenin is a Chenin, right? But not really. You can even see from the colours of the wine in the glasses below just how different they really are.
Below, you can see the line up we got to taste (although they are in reverse order). We tried the Classic Range Chenin, the Dryland Collection barrel fermented Chenin (2013 and 2016), the new Endura Single Vineyard Chenin and the Dryland Collection natural sweet Chenin.
The first Chenin was crisp, fruity and light - I would say this would be more of your every day drinking Chenin. But, I personally feel you'd be better off buying the next two Chenins (see below left). The next two are barrel fermented. This isn't typically something I like - the oaky taste can be a bit much for me. But, I can appreciate the depth of flavour in these two wines. The second one (the 2016 one) was particularly interesting. It smells like citrus and pineapple, but has that vanilla-like taste from being in the French oak barrel for 10 months. It's so reasonably-priced too! (You can check out their prices here.)
The natural sweet Chenin was delicious! It's vibrant, with a yum honey flavour. It's not the healthiest wine out there due to all the sugar, but it's really lovely. It would pair amazingly well with a lekker cheese platter.
But the Chenin of the day in my opinion was the Endura (see below right). It's pricey at R200 a bottle but really one of the best Chenins I've tried. I liked the lemony smell and the fact that it was fresh and crisp without being too acidic. This Chenin is made using slightly smaller grapes and so the fruit is more flavourful, thus producing a more flavourful wine. It's also unusual in that it is naturally fermented in a Ceramic Amphora, a Diamanté Wine Tank as well as French Oak barrels. So the result is something truly special. I also really loved the fact that it has a wax seal - and that colour is simply stunning!
Because Johan is awesome, we also tried out a few red wines. My favourite was definitely the Rex Equus (see below) - a great spicy, black berries, cherries, vanilla-like and smooth wine for R300 a bottle. Yum! And how cool is the box? 🙂
We then went to have a tapas picnic outside and I just loved this picnic (see below)! Although you can't go wrong with cheese and biscuits, it was really nice to have something different for a change! This tapas picnic is really worth the cost - at R250 (going up to R300) for two people including a bottle of the Dryland Collection Pioneer Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
The picnic includes the following: (Info taken from the website)
- PATATAS BRAVAS TOPPED WITH CRISP CHORIZO AND AGED PECORINO CHEESE
- LEMON-MARINATED ARTICHOKE AND BABY LEAF SALAD ACCOMPANIED BY CHARRED ZUCCHINI, SLOW ROASTED CHERRY TOMATOES, DANISH FETA AND A PESTO EMULSION
- GRILLED STICKY BBQ CHICKEN WINGS SERVED WITH A CHIMI CHURRI AIOLI
- PANKO-BREADED LAMB BELLY FRITTERS SERVED WITH ROASTED GARLIC AIOLI
- CHILLI, HONEY AND SOY-ROASTED PORK TACOS WITH CHILLI AND PINEAPPLE SALSA
- NUTELLA OR VANILLA BEAN PANNA COTTA
In the tasting room, there is this cool display (see below) of some of the awards that Perdeberg has won for their wines. I loved the medals hanging on the bottles!
Overall, we had a great day out! Thanks very much to Zelda from Liquid Pulse Marketing and Communication and Johan for hosting us!
You can visit Perdeberg too at the Ommiberg Festival that will be held tomorrow! See the details here.
Contact: +27 (21) 869 8244 / 8112
Address: Vryguns Farm,Windmeul, Paarl, 7630
Star Rating: ****
Note: This media day was organised by Liquid Pulse Marketing and Communication and Perdeberg Winery and so we were treated to the wine tasting and picnic.