Abraham Perold Op die Berg 1996



A wine of such outstanding quality that is comparable to the best in the world – a wine which should be able to take its place alongside the likes of Opus 1 from California, Grange Hermitage from Australia, Sassicaia from Italy and the First Growths from the Medoc. Named PEROLD, after Abraham Izak Perold, a pioneer of modern South African viticulture and the father of Pinotage, the wine is a Shiraz from the 1996 vintage. A Perold wine will only be released in those years when grapes of exceptional quality is available. The wine will not necessarily always be a Shiraz. The grapes for Perold 1996 originate from a small two hectare Shiraz vineyard, 550 metres above sea-level on top of Paarl mountain, hence the name Op die berg .The thirty-year old vines, trellised on the Perold system, produced a small crop of approximately 6 tons per hectare. Great care was taken over every aspect of this vineyard to ensure maximum quality grapes. The grapes were harvested at a ripeness of 26,8°B. In the KWV cellars, chief winemaker Kosie Moller, spearheaded the production of this outstanding red wine. Perold was barrel-aged in new 300 litre American oak barrels for 18 months, followed by six months in new 300 litre French oak barrels. The wine was bottled in June 1998 – this afforded the wine a 15-month bottle maturation period prior to release. Moller says that making the wine was “a personal experience without frontiers.” He predicts that the wine has the legs to carry it for the next 15 to 20 years. Speaking at the launch, Dr. Willem Barnard, Chairman of KWV International, said that teamwork was the biggest accomplishment in putting Perold together. He continued by saying, “it’s the first step in what we believe is going to become something really big.” Perold, like its exceptional namesake, is a wine of immaculate quality.

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Abraham Izak Perold, Ph.D. (20 October 1880 – 11 December 1941) was a South African chemist and viticulturist. Educated in South Africa and Germany, Perold is best known for developing the Pinotage grape variety in 1925 through crossing Pinot noir and Cinsault. Dr. Perold also introduced 177 grape varieties into South Africa and became the first Professor of Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, later becoming Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at the university.

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Weight 1.6 kg