Durbanville, South Africa, 2017
Merlot vineyards are planted on the valley floors where the vines are less prone to water stress as the soils are generally deeper with better water retention than higher up on the slopes. The constant presence of wind ensures that the canopies stay fairly small, a phenomenon linked to better fruit and structure in the wines. Aged for 12 months in a mixture of new and used French oak, the wine displays a blackcurrant character, with hints of ginger, cream and violets on the nose. Medium-bodied and fruity, with a soft and elegant palate laced with ripe fruit and creamy toffee.
Durbanville Hills Merlot