Perdeberg Rex Equus Pioneer’s Blend 2019

By , 9 August 2021

Paarl cellar Perdeberg is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and hence the release of Rex Equus Pioneer’s Blend 2019 – 1941 numbered bottles recognizing the year that the cellar was established and 80 magnums to celebrate every year of existence since then.

A blend of 38% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, it was matured for 18 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 50% new. And nicely judged it is, too. Red and black berries, olive, herbs, a hint of reduction, vanilla and spice on the nose before a palate that’s medium bodied with good fruit purity, fresh acidity and fine tannins. It has a suppleness about it that already makes it quite accessible but it’s certainly not facile (alcohol: 14.16%). Price: R600 per bottle or R1 200 per magnum.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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