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Merlot 2021

R 195.00

If classic elegance is more your thing, look no further than our distinguished and elegant Merlot.

It has a beautiful gem-like ruby colour with garnet flashing around the edges and first reveals a delicate all-sorts of berries – red, black and blue – followed by the alluring aroma of aniseed, cedar and liquorice which are all carried through on the palette.

Rather than dominate, French oak adds support, while the structure comes from the tannins, as do the light mocha flavours. The texture is smooth and well-rounded, lingering a while to remind you of its balance and elegance.

Our Merlot is perfect with Sunday roast lamb and a perfect match for lamb shanks and you’ll be able to enjoy it for the next 5 years.

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Deep ruby velvet in colour with an opulent nose combining red plums, cassis, walnuts and bramble boosted by a distinctive waft of violets. The fruit follows through onto the palate offering a red plum profile with an understated savoury and herbal element on the back palate. A finely tuned acid and wood tannin balance, together with a purity of fruit, distinguish this seamless wine as a great ambassador for Merlot.

Technical Tasting Sheets:

De Grendel Merlot 2021 - PDF

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Merlot pairs well with lighter style dishes like panko-crumbed pork with mustard cream sauce or spaghetti pomodoro.
The season presented a cold winter and a cold spring with good rainfall and a very moderate growing period during summer. This resulted in a later-than-usual harvestand grapes were harvested 14 days later compared to 2020.
Handpicked fruit was destalked, crushed and fermented in conical-shaped stainless-steel tanks. The ‘aerated pump-over’ method was used to gently pump the fermenting juice across the skin cap four times a day for one-hour periods at a time, ensuring soft tannin extraction. After fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and matured in 15% new oak, 40% second fill, 25% third fill, and 20% fourth fill French oak barrels.


  • James Suckling 2023 92 Points


  • Veritas Awards 2022 Gold
  • James Suckling 2022 92 Points 


  • James Suckling 2021 92 Points
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards 2021 Gold
  • Winemag Merlot Report 2021 Top 10 (92 Points)


  • Platter's Guide 2021 4 Stars
  • Winemag Merlot Report 2020 90 Points


  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2020 Gold
  • Winemag Merlot Report 2020 Top 10


  • South African Wine Index 2018 Platinum
  • The Sommeliers Selection 2018 - Elegant/Classy Reds
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2017 Gold
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2018 Gold


  • SA Terroir Wine Awards 2016 Area Winner


  • The Sommeliers Selection 2015 - Elegant/Classy Red


  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Gold
  • South African Airways Listings 2015 Premium Class
  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2015 Double Gold


  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2014 Gold
  • Veritas 2014 Gold


  • Michelangelo Int Wine Awards 2013 Gold
  • Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013 Gold
  • Veritas 2013 Double Gold


  • Veritas 2012 Gold


  • Veritas Gold


  • Platter’s 4 Stars
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards National Certificate for Top Merlot
  • Veritas Gold