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Black Pearl Oro 2019

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750ML / 15% ABV
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750ML / 15% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Black Pearl Vineyards is a single unirrigated vineyard on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. Mary Lou Nash & family relocated from New Hampshire in 1995 and taught them- selves how to grow grapes and make wine. Mary Lou has earned quite the reputation in the SA’s industry as a renegade wine- maker and her accomplishments are well respected by her peers. The 4.5 hectares of Shiraz (planted 1998) and 3 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon (planted 1999) are nestled between a parcel of extremely rare patch of Renosterveld (an indigenous flora) which is considered a World Heritage area. Their vineyard is managed organically, save for the very infrequent need to spray for mildew. The fruit that they grow produces voluptuous wines with soft tannins and black fruit notes – much like South Austra- lia or Paso Robles. The Cabernet Sauvignon ripens easily here, and has no green/ vegetal undertones. The Shiraz, while it has a lot of black plum notes, also has nice peppery spiciness to complement the Cab, especially the white pepper backbone.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 89
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Shiraz and previously known as "Oro," the 2019 Black Pearl begins with a deep ruby core with darkened staining of tears. The wine opens with high-toned, juicy red fruit elements of black raspberry, dark plum, wild cherry, blackberry and a savory undertone. Medium to full-bodied, the wine shows a kiss of residual sugar, ripe fruit, soft confectionery red fruit, fruit roll-up and succulent acidity. The wine continues to evolve in the mouth as the lingering finish winds down. I see its commercial appeal and would be great with BBQ and smoked meats. Nicely done.
Rating: 89(+)
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Black Pearl Wines is a winery owned and operated by the Nash family, who relocated from New Hampshire in 1995. We now find ourselves fervently making wine. The vineyard is on the western slope of Paarl Mountain, which is part of the Cape Floral kingdom. Above stretches renosterveld, of which only 2% remains in the country and which the family is conserving in this World Heritage area.

The name "Black Pearl" was inspired by the fact that the vineyard is situated on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, and Paarl Rock resembles a black pearl after it has rained. Black pearls also have rarity value. The name of our blend "Oro" comes from the God Oro, King of the Firmament, who gave the black pearl as a gift to the ocean.

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Flanked by majestic mountains on either side, the Paarl district is a valley whose most valuable water source is the Berg River. While sometimes during dry and hot summers, the vineyards in the valley need supplemental irrigation, those vineyards on the eastern slopes where water retention is better, aren't irrigated.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc enjoy great success in Paarl.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

How to Serve Red Wine

A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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