The Gilbert and Gaillard Challenge held quarterly in France is one of the most highly regarded internationally. More than 10 000 wines from all over the world are tasted by a panel of the best French tasters. This year KWV’s Mentor series received highly recommended scores for 3 of their fabulous reds from winemaker Izele van Blerk.
The Perold 2017 is a unique Cape blend of the best from vineyards in the Western Cape. The varietals used are Pinotage, Cab Sav, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Shiraz. The wine is very appealing on the nose with superb aromas of deep dark fruit–a fitting tribute to Prof Abraham Perold, one of the giants of the industry. Then there is the Orchestra 2017 which, with dominant Cabernet Sauvignon, has the added attraction of the unusual Carmenere to add its own character to the blend. The last wine is the stand alone Petit Verdot , very different in that this wine is not often used solo but often features in blends. The Petit Verdot scored 92/100 and the other two 93/100. Worthy distinctions in a competition of this calibre. Under current circumstances I have not tasted these wines but am very familiar with the brilliant work of Izele and cannot wait to get my hands on them. Watch out for the moment when you can too.