This wine is a masterful work of art (and we’re not just talking about its striking engraved bottle!). Sleek, intoxicating and as mysterious as it is majestic, this full-bodied Stellenbosch Merlot offers an abundance of complex flavours, including cherries, pomegranate and hints of oak, spice and mint. 30 months in French oak and over five years of maturing in bottle has resulted in suave and sumptuous tannins. Best enjoyed with people you want to impress, winter-time roast lamb and a roaring fire.
Memories of crushed cranberries, fresh black cherries and hints of spearmint entices the senses before tasting delightful crushed cherries, pomegranate and subtle oak spice. This is a concentrated full bodied wine with great presence and coats the senses for an extended period of time.
John Platter Guide 2012 - 4.5 stars
John Platter Guide 2018 - 4.5 stars
This wine can be enjoyed with leg of lamb with oven roasted winter vegetables or as inspiration for the poets.
TERROIR / SOIL
Granite soils provide youthfulness and minerality to the wine and its great water retention makes it possible to ripen low yields successfully.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS
This wine originates from vines grown on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain. This western facing slope allow for Merlot grapes to ripen to make wine of great concentration, a wine that can age slowly and to perfection.
The grapes were picked in mid March when the morning temperatures have dropped. This allows for cool grapes that are sorted by hand, berry by berry. Only the small, black grapes are good enough for this wine. The grapes are then transferred to roller barrels for fermentation. Extraction is done during fermentation by rolling the barrels, resulting in super fine, dense tannin and great fruit preservation. After 25 days on the skins,
the wine is transferred to 100% new Frenck oak barrels. The wine is matured for 30 months in barrel before bottling.
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