The apex, limited edition series of wines by KWV, The Mentors, has a new addition. The Mentors Limited Edition Tempranillo 2021 is the fifth expression to be included in this outstanding collection in as many years.


Limited Edition wines were born from The Mentors cellar’s desire to showcase unique wines, made to the highest standards. They comprise exclusively of single variety expressions, giving wine lovers the opportunity to emulate the cellar’s experimental journey by sampling wines from different terroirs.


The Tempranillo hails from a small vineyard selected for its production – only 1000 litres of this wine were made. The block, which is situated in the premier wine-growing region of Wellington, produces world quality wine.


Says The Mentors winemaker Izele van Blerk. “As far as the new Tempranillo is concerned, the grapes have been on an upward trajectory for some time. When the fruit emerged ahead of the 2021 vintage, I knew it had found its stride to make a blockbuster. It was the time to act.

Close up of tempranillo vineyard in Ribera del Duero, Burgos, Spain


Every step of the wine’s production involved separating out the best, starting immediately post-harvest with sorting of the grapes. Once vinified, the wine spent 18 months maturing slowly in 70% new barrels, with an even split between American and French oak. Another selection then saw only the best barrels identified for the final blend.

Winemaker Izele van Blerk

The Tempranillo 2021 has emerged a full-bodied wine, opening with a fanfare of strawberries, red cherries, raspberries and hints of tobacco on the nose. The palate reveals undertones of cloves, dried fig and leather, supported by a firm tannin backbone and zippy acidity. Its development in bottle has brought integration to the wine, which delivers an intense and satisfying finish.


Tempranillo is probably the most widely grown full bodied red wine in Spain where it has been grown since the time of the Phoenician settlements. It is the main grape used in the famous Spanish wine, Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain’s noble grape.   The wines are Ruby red in color, and aromas and flavours can include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herbs. It pairs magnificently with steak, burgers and lamb. Fresher styles match well with baked pasta and mushroom risotto—delicious. It is a major blending grape used in Port wines. Beyond Spain and Portugal, the grape is hard to find, so we are very lucky in South Africa to have a brilliant example from brilliant winemaker, Izele van Blerk, right on our doorstep.


The Mentors Limited Edition Tempranillo 2021 is available worldwide in selected markets, and in South Africa exclusively from the KWV Wine Emporium. It sells for R799/bottle.

You will not be disappointed, although it is obviously a very special wine for a very special occasion—and isn’t that every day?

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