Protea

Merlot

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2019


Cultivar:

100% Merlot

Country:

South Africa

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Specifications:

14% alc vol
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 3 to 5 yrs
Origin: Western Cape Appellation: Western Cape

Tasting Notes:

Vibrant black cherry and plum aromas with a hint of tomato plant and dark chocolate. The wines has instant appeal with soft, squish, succulent dark fruit with a light tobacco leaf edge. Ample plum and cherry with spice highlights and deeper earth- and cocoa notes below. Softly textured but with a supportive structure and frame. Lovely, generous ripe-fruited finish.

These grapes are mostly selected from the Groenekloof ward in the Darling area. The area is unique because of its warm days and cool nights. This, together with the deep red soil, is beautifully expressed in the wine as a mix between dark and red fruit flavours with good concentration and a soft juicy tannin structure. 

Although we recorded moderate to good rainfall, some of the vineyards were still struggling to recover from the 3-4 year drought the Western Cape had recently experienced. As a result, lower yields were obtained with a bit of uneven ripening because of weather conditions. Despite this, the smaller berries have a greater concentration of flavours. Wines with good acidity and are characteristic of in the 2019 vintage.

The wine was aged on a selection of French oak staves for approximately 12 months.

Grapes were selected from different growing regions to suit the fruit driven, elegant style of the Protea Merlot. Grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks whereafter it was pressed and malolactic fermentation completed.

Food pairing

Pairs well with lamb burgers, pork loin or a steak with mushroom sauce.

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