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Merlot 2018

R 160.00

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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Bright ruby in colour with a light red rim. a melange of aromas permeates the nose, showing truffles, forest floor, violets, plums and cherry. The palate is medium-bodied, reeling juicy fruit, wonderful texture, fine grained tannins and a silky finish.

Technical Tasting Sheets:

De Grendel Merlot 2018 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2017 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2016 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2015 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2014 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2013 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2012 - PDF

De Grendel Merlot 2011 - PDF

Merlot pairs well with lighter style dishes like panko-crumbed pork with mustard cream sauce or spaghetti pomodoro.
The 2018 vintage was affected by the worst drought conditions ever experienced in the Western Cape. Meticulous irrigation management supplied the precise quantity of water at the correct times to the vines. During such dry conditions diseases are restricted, resulting in the 2018 crop being entirely disease free. Furthermore, it resulted in our winemaking team having to preserve the grapes’ aromatic potential through careful viticultural practices such as limited thinning, managing nitrogen nourishment, allowing adequate plant vigour, appropriate water supply and careful selection of harvest dates.
Handpicked fruit was destalked, crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ‘aerated pumpover’ method was used to gently pump the fermenting juice over the skin cap four times a day for one hour periods at a time, ensuring soft tannins. After fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and matured in 1/3 new French Oak, 1/3 in second fill French Oak and 1/3 in third fill French Oak for 13 months.

2018

  • Winemag Merlot Report 2020 90 Points

2017

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

2016     

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

2014

  • SA Terroir Wine Awards 2016 Area Winner

2013

  • The Sommeliers Selection 2015 - Elegant/Classy Red

2012     

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

2011     

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

2010     

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

2009     

  • Veritas 2012 Gold

2007     

  • Veritas Gold

2006     

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