Merlot

MerlotMerlot 2015

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

  • 2015   Gold Medal Decanter (2018), Gold Medal SA Veritas (2017)
  • 2014   92 points Tim Atkin, 4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide 2018
  • 2013   4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide 2017
  • 2012   4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide 2016
  • 2011   4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide 2015
  • 2010  4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide 2014, 90 points Robert Parker, Gold Medal SA Veritas (2013), Gold Concours Mondial De Bruxelles (2014)
  • 2009   91 points Robert Parker (USA), 4 star Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2008   4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide, 90 points Robert Parker
  • 2007   4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide, 91 points Wine Pioneer (USA)
  • 2006   4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2005   Trophy for Best Merlot in the World at IWSC England (2008)
  • 2004   SA Diner's Club Winemaker of the Year (2005)

Production

  • Barrel Ageing: 19months in French oak, 50% new, 50% 2nd fill
  • Maturation: 10 - 15 years from vintage
  • Alcohol: 14.3% by volume
  • Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/l
  • Total Acid: 5.9 g/l
  • pH: 3.46

Food Pairing

Merlot pairs well with lighter style dishes like panko crumbed pork with mustard cream sauce or roasted tomato pasta.

Tasting Note

Notes of dark plum, cherry, violets and star anise on thebouquet. The palate is silky on entry and then shows a seamless transition to an elegant mid-palate. The palate shows furtherred and black fruit, intermingled with spicy, cedary oak flavours.Tannins are fine grained and well integrated, allowing for a long, velvety 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 190.00 per bottle
R 1,140.00 per case of 6

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