Merlot | 2016

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.

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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.

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

  • 2016 Vintage         93 points Tim Atkin, 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

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.

Merlot 2016