My recent rave about Thelema’s delicious Verdelho 2015 elicited a response from brand marketer Cindy Joao of KWV who invited me to try their Verdelho from The scintillating Mentors range. Which I have done and am now a definite devotee of this white grape, widely used in Portugal but that hardly features at the Cape.
The grape is one of the components of Madeira wine, and is also used for fortified wines. Characteristics include lime and honeysuckle flavours, and a slightly oily texture,
The KWV winemaking team have virtually eliminated the oiliness in their elegant Verdelho, but the fruit is plentiful, stone fruit marrying happily with flint and some nuttiness It’s a well rounded wine that is both refreshing and more than satisfying, both on its own and with a variety of late summer fare – I think it will also complement some Cape Malay dishes - such as chicken breyani - with panache. And,of course, enhance Iberian specialities, when the exotic side of its nature will come to the fore. For palates ready for something different, a well-made Verdelho can fit the bill, and this superb example is going to be hard to beat.
The KWV is a 2013 vintage, is produced from two components of Stellenbosch grapes. Was left on lees for 100 days after fermentation, and matured for 9 months in half first-fill, and second and third-fill barrels. It should age gracefully for at least three years.