KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2016

When you walk into the wine boutique and are immediately led to this Petit Verdot...they clearly know me and my love of single variety PV! I’ve been putting off purchasing this Petit Verdot for a while...but Women’s Month has been a great excuse to purchase this long lusted-over wine made by a very impressive female winemaker.

I didn’t realise that the grapes were sourced  from 3 regions - mostly Stellenbosch, 27% Walker Bay and 26% Robertson.

Deep ruby in colour. Pronounced black fruits (plums, cherries, blackcurrants), savoury (olive), herb (eucalyptus) and floral (violets). Yes, violets. Because someone (me!) has officially learned what violets smell like. Whoop! Oaky, spicy, fruity, good acidity with well integrated medium tannins. And the most intense long finish!

KWV needs no introduction. Did you know it is the largest single winery in the Southern Hemisphere producing 15 million litres of wine per year. But somewhere amongst all this massive production is a little nook that holds a handful of very special barrels and small tanks...and these are home to The Mentors, a premium, terroir driven range that pioneers new wines and winemaking techniques.

It’s home to the award winning winemaker Izele van Blerk who gets to call this her playground. The range includes several wines that celebrate their individual regions...and this is where Izele shows off her expertise and phenomenal talents.

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