The Wine: This elegant and distinguished Cape Blend shows layers of dark cherries, plums and violets with hints of dark chocolate on the nose. On the palate the structure and chewy tannins can be attributed to the great balance between fruit concentration and oak integration. The finish is focused and lingers to a velvet conclusion.
Food Pairing: This wine can be savoured on its own or with a variety of slow roasted meats such as lamb or venison, South African potjies (stews cooked on open fire) or Cape Malay curries.
Winemaker : The winemaking team
Wine Region: Coastal region
At a Glance: ABV: 14.78 % RS : 2.92 g/l PH : 3.55 g/l TA : 5.87 g/l
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Cork
Ageing: Enjoy now or cellar for eight to ten years from vintage.
In the Vineyard: The winter preceding the 2014 vintage was cold and wet, which ensured replenished soil moisture and spring temperatures that were colder than the long term average. This led to sluggish initial growth and ultimately late flowering. The 2014 vintage was challenging, rain during the growing season and early january caused both vigorous growth and high disease pressure. Cooler early summer conditions led to the harvest commencing late by uo to two weeks on early cultivars. Conditions in February were warmer than the longer term and brought the vintage back on schedule while revealing another product of the rain -a larger crop in the coastal regions.Temperatures in March cooled as expected, but rain stalled ripening in late cultivars such as cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Harvest was delayed in some areas until mid-April. Overall the quantity is better than 2013 and developing well in the cellar.
In the cellar: This wine is a blend of varieties from regions and sites that have consistently produced wines of outstanding quality and style. In making the Perold Tributum we have set out to produce a wine that over time will become recognized as the benchmark for ultra-premium wine in South Africa. The selection of only the best varieties, regions and sites are therefore considered.
These bunches were hand picked and sorted, which ensured only the best of each varietal went into the blend. After fermentation, the most promising wines of each varietal were chosen to mature further in barrel. After 12 months the best wines were selected to mature for a further six months. This wine is truly about selecting the best of the best.
Our winemaking focuses on balanced structure, concentration and finesse. We utilize a combination of whole berry fermentation, gentle pump-overs and air bag presses to ensure we capture all of these flavours, with Pinotage taking priority.