Results of the third annual Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition were announced recently and KWV’s ultra-premium Abraham Perold Tributum 2011 (R600 a bottle) was among the five winners, repeating the feat of the 2010 last year.
There were 45 wines from 35 producers entered and the other winners were Anura LB Cape Blend 2012, Clos Malverne Spirit of Malverne 2011, Sumaridge Epitome 2009 and Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Cape Blend 2011. Absa clearly values its customers in the agricultural sector – the winemakers each win a trip to a wine country abroad.
A blend of 40% Shiraz, 30% Pinotage, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Tributum 2011 is smart although I found it somewhat curious in that it’s neither one thing nor the other. As the blend suggests, it has appealing elements of both Bordeaux (fine but firm tannins) and the Rhône (red fruit, spice) but the whole is strangely uncompelling – it’s almost as if the wine is over-refined, finessed to a fault.
I don’t mean to be overly critical of the Tributum 2011 but I’m not sure it’s going to turn a Cape Blend skeptic into a believer. The 2010 (a blend of 36% Pinotage, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Tannat and 5% Malbec) was also meticulously crafted but seemed to have more X-factor (read full review here).