Perdeberg Winery Endura: A Top Contender in the 2023 Perold Absa Cape Blend Awards
Ranked with some of the finest in the country, Perdeberg Cellar’s Endura Winemaker’s Selection Cape Blend 2020 has yet again been included in the lineup as one of the best Cape blends at the 2023 Perold Absa Cape Blend Awards. Named in honour of Professor A.I. Perold, the ‘Father of Pinotage’, the competition, which was established in 2011, focuses exclusively on Cape Blends, with Pinotage as its primary base component.
The objective is to identify five Cape Blend wines annually, of which the quality characteristics are so uniquely distinctive that they could have a meaningful impact on the international wine market, to the benefit of South Africa.
No stranger to this competition the Endura Winemaker’s Selection Cape Blend has been included in this prestigious lineup no less than two times, which included the 2017, 2018 and 2020 vintages. The last two vintages received top honours at the competition in their respective years.
“To be celebrated with some of the best Cape blend producers in the country is not only a humbling experience, but a testament to our commitment as an industry to continue to experiment with the diversity of Pinotage and realise Prof Perold’s dream to make it one of the finest cultivars,” says Perdeberg Cellarmaster Albertus Louw
Handcrafted with meticulous care from grapes nurtured in the revered dryland vineyards of the Paarl region, this wine represents the epitome of excellence and the mastery of winemaking. A tribute to the enduring journey of survival the vines embark on each year, Endura showcases the perfect harmony between nature, heritage, and passion.
Endura Winemaker’s Selection Cape Blend Tasting Notes
A blend of Pinotage (52%), Cabernet Sauvignon (24%) and Malbec (24%), the Endura Winemaker’s Selection Cape Blend 2020 is one you want to purchase for enjoyment now, as well as a few additional bottles to see how it develops as it ages within the next five to eight years.
A premium limited release this wine is bottled only when there’s a vintage good enough to keep company with its exceptional forerunners. Only the best French oak barrels were selected to allow the final blend to age for 18 months before bottling. The result of the current vintage is a wine showcasing the perfect harmony of flavours and balance.
A dark purple-red colour, which is consistent with its taste profile, the wine showcases aromas of dark berries, blackcurrant, and vanilla flavours, with spicy nuances on the nose.
On the palate you’ll be met with hints of chocolate, blueberries, and cherries, which are well-structured and elegant, leaving you with a lingering smooth finish. The wine pairs beautifully with rich flavourful dishes, such as Cape Malay curries, red meat and wild game dishes.
Available directly from the Tasting Room at R350 per bottle, as well as selected boutique wine outlets or online from the Perdeberg Wine Shop at www.perdeberg.co.za
About Paarderg Cellar:
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, creating 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 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.
With a vineyard span of over 3000 hectares, mainly in the Paarl and Swartland regions, Perdeberg benefits from different microclimates and various soil types.
The natural variation of weather, soil, drainage, and altitude from vineyard to vineyard enables us to produce a wide range of wines with distinct qualities and character.
In the cellar, our wines are created through the synergy of art, intuition, and science to reveal the best of what has been brought in from the vineyards.
We follow a wine estate-inspired process including intensive vineyard management, handpicking grapes in small crates, and small presses, and maturing in barrels, to achieve exceptional quality.
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