Merlot

MerlotMerlot 2016

History

How has our Merlot managed to pick up so many awards recently? Try it and you'll understand. 

Each vineyard was specially selected, and each bunch of grapes was hand-picked early in the morning. The grapes were cold soaked for two days, then the juice inoculated with a French-sourced yeast. The must was fermented and pumped over four times daily, followed by an extended maceration for fourteen days, and a fractional pressing.

After settling, the wine was moved to French oak for malolactic fermentation.

If you’re a little confused about what all this means, it means the guys who make this are all a little bit cuckoo for making wine, and they won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of making the best one they can. In the world. In fact, the universe.

And that's all you need to know. Except where to find the corkscrew.

Awards

2016 Vintage        3 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2015 Vintage        4½ stars Platters SA Wine Guide

2015 Vintage         93 points Tim Atkin

                              Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards (the only South African Gold medal for Merlot)

                              Gold Medal Veritas Awards 2017

2014 Vintage         92 points Tim Atkin, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2013 Vintage         4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2012 Vintage         4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2011 Vintage         4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2010 Vintage        Gold Medal Concours Mondial 2014

                             Gold Medal Veritas, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2009 Vintage        4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2013

                             91 points Robert Parker

 

Production

Barrel Ageing:   18 months in French oak, 45% new, 40% 2nd fill, the balance in older French oak barrels

Maturation:   10 - 15 years from vintage

Alcohol:   14.6% by volume

Residual Sugar:     2.8 g/l

Total Acid:   5.6 g/l

pH  3.51

Food Pairing

Merlot pairs well with a range of foods.  Panko crumbed pork with mustard cream sauce, roasted tomato pasta or a juicy hamburger with cheddar cheese topping.

Tasting Note

Red fruit, dried plum and cranberries on the nose with hints of mint and dried herbs. Elegant palate with silky tannins and an elegant long finish.

Independent Tasting Note

"bright, bramble & cocoa notes on plush, approachable yet defined & structured palate, Broad, deep & concentrated."                               - Platter SA Wine Guide 2014

Pricing

R 200.00 per bottle
R 1,200.00 per case of 6

All deliveries of 24 bottles or more within South Africa will be free of charge.