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Estate Vineyards Merlot

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750 ml (Standard)

2017


Cultivar:

100% Merlot

Country:

South Africa

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Specifications:

14.87% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.0
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 to 15 yrs
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

This Merlot offering from Rust en Vrede, affirms their excellence as red wine specialists. Ripe plums, mulberry, liquorice, thyme and cured meats on the nose follow through on the palate – showing this complex wine as juicy and savoury simultaneously. Judicious use of oak alongside skin tannins add spice and structure whilst firmly supporting the fruit. This is a serious yet effortless Merlot – beautiful to drink now but will reward cellaring for the next decade.

Mulberry
Mulberry

Plum
Plum

Smoked Meat
Smoked Meat

Thyme
Thyme

Established in 1694, Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred year old wine tradition. Since 1977 the Engelbrecht family has specialized in the exclusive production of red wine, with the focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Proprietor Jean Engelbrecht has worked to maintain Rust en Vrede as one of South Africa’s premium red wine estates, with full-bodied and complex wines that reflect the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir.

Picking began on the 20th of February 2017. The winter of 2016 was extremely dry, with a maximum rainfall of 579 mm, much lower than the average 712mm. The cool months after winter triggered a good bud break followed by immediate dry weather. The dry soil inhibited cell division in the early part of berry development, which resulted in smaller berries (20% smaller than usual). The berries were even smaller than 2015. The smaller berries balanced the effects of the dry conditions, which allowed for a normal and healthy production. The 2017 Merlot Vintage was 20% down on the previous year.

Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 14 months in 100% French oak with medium toast.

Food pairing

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

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