Grande Provence Merlot
WINE MAKER’S TASTING NOTES
The 2018 harvest yielded significantly smaller berries with more concentrated flavours which inspired us to produce our very first Merlot. The Grande Provence Merlot started out as a component for our The Grande Provence Red blend, and it still is, but it also evolved into a standalone wine due to its fruit purity, its elegance and complexity. The vineyard is situated in the Helderberg region that gets a lovely cooling sea breeze which results in smaller berry formation with a lot of concentration. It allows us to extract and form a very elegant tannin structure.
ThIs Merlot front notes of vibrant dark cherries and raspberries with hints of wild herbs, tomato leaf and dark chocolate enlivened by touches of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and earthy tones. The palate is supported by a supple, smooth tannin structure.
2018 – maiden vintage
WINE OF ORIGIN
Our Merlot is sourced from vineyards in the famous Golden Triangle area of Stellenbosch. To capture the sought after varietal characteristics, the grapes are picked early morning at optimal ripeness. The grapes are brought into the cellar where they are destemmed and cold soaked for a week. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then barrel aged for 12 months.
This medium-bodied wine has soft, velvety tannins and is best enjoyed with herb crusted lamb, oxtail or hearty stews.
Drinking well already, yet promises greater integration and intrigue for up to 10 years from vintage.
Alc: 14 %
RS: 2.2 g/l
TA: 5.5 g/l