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Blackberry, Sour cherry, toasted wood and Vanilla
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Merlot - Steenberg
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The Merlot of Steenberg from the wine-growing region of the Western Cape reveals itself in the glass in dense purple. If you give it some air in the wine glass by swirling, this red wine reveals a high density and fullness, which is evident in clear church windows at the edge of the glass. This single varietal South African wine reveals wonderfully expressive notes of plum, morello cherry, blackberry and plum in the glass. These are joined by hints of oak, cigar box and gingerbread spice.

Steenberg's Merlot delights with its elegantly dry flavor. It was bottled with only 3.8 grams of residual sugar. As you would naturally expect from a wine, this South African naturally enraptures with the finest balance despite all its dryness. Aroma does not necessarily need sugar. Full-bodied and multilayered, this velvety red wine presents itself on the palate. Due to the balanced fruit acidity, the Merlot flatters with a soft palate feeling, without lacking juicy liveliness. In the finish, this red wine from the wine-growing region of the Western Cape finally inspires with good length. Once again, hints of plum and black cherry show through.

Vinification of the Merlot from Steenberg

This red wine clearly focuses on one grape variety, namely Merlot. Only the best grapes were harvested for this wonderfully powerful single-varietal wine from Steenberg. The ripening of the grapes for this Merlot wine is influenced to a considerable extent by the climate of the growing region. In the Western Cape, the grapes thrive in a rather cool climate, which is reflected, among other things, in particularly long and uniform grapes and a rather moderate must weight. After the hand harvest, the grapes are quickly taken to the press house. Here they are selected and carefully milled. This is followed by fermentation in controlled temperatures. 

Food recommendation for the Merlot from Steenberg

This South African red wine is best enjoyed at a temperate 15 - 18°C. It is perfect as an accompanying wine to stuffed peppers, duck breast with sugar snap peas or braised chicken in red wine.

Awards for the Merlot from Steenberg

  • John Platter - 4 stars for 2017

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Product type:
Type of Wine:
Red wine
Wine Color:
Red
Taste:
Occasion and theme:
balcony/ patio , gift for good friends , gift for customers , Easter , picnic , summer-wine
Wine acidity in g/l:
5,9
Residual sugar (approx.) in g/l:
3,8
Country:
South Africa
Cultivation area:
Western Cape (ZA)
Grape Variety:
Cuvée:
monovarietal
Finishing details:
French Oak , Fermented on the skins
Awards:
John Platter Wine Guide - 4 Stars
Aroma:
toasted wood , Blackberry , Sour cherry , Vanilla
Mouthfeel/ Texture:
velvety
Reverberation / Finish:
medium
Style:
New World , Cool Climate Winegrowing Region , modern
Optimal serving temperature in °C:
15 - 18
Food Pairing:
dark food , spicy food
Suitable wine glas:
Red wine glass
Bottle size in l:
0.75
Bottle Design & Features:
Bordeaux Style
Closure:
Cork
storage capacity in years from the vintage year:
6
Alcohol % ABV:
14.5
Allergens and ingredients:
Contains Sulphites and Sulphur Dioxide
Distributor:
Wijntransport BV - NL-BIO-01 - Songertweg 17 - 5961 NG Horst - Niederlande
Item.-nr:
70697-ZA-RW-ME-001-17.1
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