Topic of the Week 9/11/17 - Advanced

Last week we had some great insight into the reasoning behind and impact of carbonic maceration! Peek at our Viticulture and Vinification Study Guide and Beaujolais podcast for more detail.

This week: New World History

Who is Abraham Izak Perold and what is his significance?

  • Early 21st century South African viticulturist operating out of Stellenbosch University and most famous for breeding the take-it-or-leave-it, love-it-or-hate-it signature red grape of South Africa Pinotage.

    I have to say, I never thought *that* flashcard would come in handy...

  • Perold was a viticulturist responsible for developing Pinotage by crossing Cinsault and Pinot Noir in 1925. South Africa would never be the same!
  • Great responses! There's more to it - Keep digging!
  • In reply to Sophie Oppelt:

    Oeiginally it was supposed to be called Hermitags, however due to AOC regulations it got axed.

    He opted for Pinotage as an homage to both Pinot Noir and Hermitage.
    The wine - when done right, is not that bad, as the burnt rubber smell (a mercaptan fault) is not present often anymore
  • In reply to Vlada Stojanov:

    I should say, there's more to Abraham Perold. But that is great insight as well, thank you!
  • In reply to Vincent Morrow:

    Mr. Perold was a powerhouse!

    During his travels through Europe, he learned Portugese, Spanish, Italian, as well as German and French.
    Besides crossing Pinotage, he brough back to South Africa 177 different varietals from a trip commended by the South African government. He was also responsible for the discovery of an Algerian table grape called Barlinka.
    He was a key player in the forming of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology of Stellensbosch, and was also its first professor.

    Great topic, Vincent!

    All my best,