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Merlot | 2019

The bouquet displays bright notes of cranberries and raspberries with hints of liquorice and fynbos aromas. The palate is plush and elegant on entry, bursting with red berry characteristics and a touch of earthiness. Fine and integrated tannins allow for a lingering finish.

R225,00R1050,00

Fact Sheets

Current Vintage

Merlot 2019

Previous Vintages

Merlot 2016

Merlot 2017

Merlot 2018

About Hartenberg Merlot

About Hartenberg Merlot

Hartenberg winemaker, Carl Shultz, won the Diners Club “Winemaker of the Year” award for the very fine 2004 Estate Merlot. The 2005 Estate Merlot was awarded the IWSC International Trophy as the world’s best Merlot in 2008.

The vineyards were given a green harvest at véraison to ensure evenly ripe fruit. Picking was decided by tasting, thereby ensuring optimal ripeness.  All grapes were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The grapes were cold-soaked and then inoculated with French-sourced yeast. The must was fermented between 24 and 26° Celsius and pumped over daily. An extended maceration took place, followed by fractional pressing.  After settling, the wine went to French oak for malolactic fermentation.

Awards

2019: 93 points Tim Atkin, 4½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2018: 93 points Tim Atkin, 4½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2017: 93 points Tim Atkin, 4½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2016: 93 points Tim Atkin

2015: 4½ stars Platters SA Wine Guide

2015: 93 points Tim Atkin, Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards (the only South African Gold medal for Merlot), Gold Medal Veritas Awards 2017

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

2013: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2012: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2011: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2010: Gold Medal Concours Mondial 2014, Gold Medal Veritas, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2009: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2013, 91 points Robert Parker