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The Stellenbosch Reserve Merlot

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The Stellenbosch Reserve Merlot is an enticing bright ruby colour, with wonderful Turkish delight and dark chocolate aromas, subtle black cherry and hints of raspberry. The beautiful red fruit from the nose follows through onto the palate. There is a delightful mocha character, with notes of raspberry, black cherry and ripe plums that create a splendidly complex wine. Unmistakeably Merlot, this wine has a fine, yet grainy tannin structure, great texture and a long lingering finish.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2016
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Merlot
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Unmistakably Merlot
Drink With: Slow cooked lamb shanks

Stellenbosch is a unique town that is the centre of fine wine, academia and culture in South Africa. It is distinguished by the dramatic mountain ridges that cradle the town. Stellenbosch is the birthplace and home to many of South Africa’s greatest leaders, intellectuals, artists, scientists, sportsmen and winemakers.

The Mediterranean climate of Stellenbosch has a rainfall of only about 650mm per annum. The grapes were selected from various vineyards that are located in the Stellenbosch region, specifically from Devon Valley. The different soil types and climatic conditions allow for warmer fruit flavours as well as adding complexity to the wine.

The Stellenbosch Reserve Merlot was fermented in stainless steel open top fermenters, and was matured in 2nd fill 300 litre French oak barrels for 18 months.