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KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2010

Finely crafted.

Ignore the pretentious name and the grandiose packaging, the Abraham Perold Tributum 2010 is a superlative wine. Not submitted for review in Platter’s 2013, it did however place among the top three at this year’s Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition (along with Beyerskloof Faith 2009 and Windmeul Reserve Cape Blend 2010).

It’s a blend of 36% Pinotage, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Tannat and 5% Malbec and underwent 16 months of maturation in a combination of 90% French and 10% American oak barrels, 70% new. Price per bottle: R500.

What surprises about this wine is its finesse. In setting out to make a wine which will sit at the pinnacle of the KWV range, the winemaking team have resisted the temptation to make a blockbuster and have instead come up with something admirably medium bodied and hence drinkable (one tier down from Perold is The Mentors and these reds, while good, tend to be very big).

More than just balanced, Perold Tributum is seamless – fruit, oak, alcohol and acidity sitting in perfect harmony. Aromas and flavours of red and black cherries, plums, a hint of vanilla, some spice. Great freshness, fine tannins and a long, dry finish. Very youthful now, it should be at its best between 2015 and 2018. Score: 18/20.

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