Perdeberg Cellar in Paarl is thrilled to take home two trophies at The Young Wine Show this year. The annual show for wines of the current vintage year took place in August 2021, and were presented by the SA National Wine Association (SANWSA) in collaboration with Agri-Expo.
Having been in existence for 189 years in 2021, the Show is steeped in history and well regarded in the industry.
Perdeberg Cellar received two National Champion Trophies for the following wines:
- Perdeberg Chenin Blanc Natural Sweet White Wine
- Perdeberg Malbec (Other Red Wine Cultivar)
Albertus Louw, Cellar Master at Perdeberg Group says The Young Wine Show is part of the heritage of the South African wine industry as the oldest wine competition. “These results are an indication of the quality of the vintage and we have great expectation of these wines to be bottled at a later stage. Winning two National Champions is a great achievement for us as we were the only producer to achieve this for 2021.”
The chairperson of the Young Wine Show, Christo Pienaar, went on to say that the quality of the young wines judged had overall been of a very good standard and consumers can look forward to many excellent wines from the 2021 vintage year. “I am excited with the results of the winners of the SA Champion wines from all over the country’s wine producing areas, as well as the diverse types of wineries.”
The almost 50 judges on 13 panels scrutinised the 1 162 entries subject to the most stringent Covid-19 protocols, which comply with world standards, at Nederburg in Paarl at the end of July.
Says Louw, “These results are a great team effort from the vineyard to the cellar and just confirms Perdeberg as a quality producer of dryland grown wines.”
For more information on the award-winning wines, please visit www.perdeberg.co.za or call +27 (0)21 020 1626.
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 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.
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, small presses and maturing in barrels, to achieve exceptional quality.
About The SA Young Wine Show
The SA Young Wine Show dates back to 1833 when the first such competition was held by the Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society (today Agri-Expo) in the Company’s Garden in Cape Town. The Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society – which in 1996 established the marketing name Agri-Expo – has been actively involved with the Young Wine Show since its inception as owner of this remarkable Show and has continued its commitment also as custodian to this day. In the process, Agri-Expo has entrusted the SA National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) as organiser with the most impressive array of gold and silver trophies, which are awarded each year to the winning winemakers.