TWO WINES FROM KWV’s top-tier are among the highest rated in the latest release of an authoritative review of South African wines by internationally influential British Master of Wine Tim Atkin. Achieving a score of 95+; a category Atkin defines as “Best of South Africa” – were the KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2014 and KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2016.
They weren’t the only top achievers. Making the premium category between 92 and 94 points were six other KWV wines from The Mentors range: KWV The Mentors Canvas 2016 scored 94; KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2017, 93; KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2017, 94; KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2016, 93; KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2016, 94; and, KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2017, 92.
“It is always very encouraging to see our wines perform at this level,” says The Mentors winemaker Izele van Blerk. “During the past 12 years educated innovation, vineyard management and experimentation has resulted in The Mentors delivering a highly regarded international wine style; and ratings like these re-affirm what we know the wine is capable of.”
The report is regarded by wine connoisseurs and South African wineries as an authoritative benchmark in the European wine market – the largest in the world – as well as other famous wine regions about which Atkin produces similar evaluations.
These eight wines are part of an exclusive portfolio that KWV reserves for its best. It includes some of the most awarded wines in South Africa. Most recently, the KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2014 was named one of the champions at the 2018 Perold/Absa Cape Blend competition.
“The Mentors range honours the diversity of terroir and climate that influence South African wine styles,” says Izele. “The grapes used to make them receive extra special care. These wines reflect the best South Africa has to offer.”
Very few wines made Tim Atkins’ 95+ category this year.
The Abraham Perold Tributum 2014 highlights KWVs adept and consistent handling of Pinotage, the dominant component of this Cape blend. The wine pays homage to Dr Abraham Perold the father of Pinotage.
It 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. The winemaker notes this wine will continue to be at its peak even 10 years from vintage.
KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot offers recognition to a cultivar most commonly used in blends. The 2016 again shows that it is just as brilliant as a single-variety wine when crafted with skill.
This intense, ruby-red wine is concentrated and leads on the nose with sweet spice followed by black cherries, black olives and violets. The palate is rich and juicy with prominent fruit sweetness. Tannin is well integrated, providing the wine with an intense, lasting finish.
The achievement of the KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2014, KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2016 and six other KWV The Mentors wines adds to a vast collection of awards for KWV. From its earliest roots as a small co-operative of growers with the vision to improve wine industry standards and quality in South Africa, KWV has grown into a global producer.
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