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Michael Fridjhon: How to fix Merlot

In the 1960s European and American electricity providers replaced coal-fired power stations with “clean” nuclear facilities. Fifty years later, the swing of the pendulum has made atomic the dirtiest source in town. Addressing the WineLand seminar in late July, the Wine Cellar’s Roland Peens exhorted the industry to grub up its merlot vineyards and replace [...]

August 24, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
with 4 Comments

Thelema Merlot Reserve 2012

For their sins, the crew at Thelema have gained a reputation for being one of our leading practitioners of Merlot and the 2012 of the Reserve has just been released. How to suppress or mask any unfortunate “green” character must be the key challenge for any producer aspiring to make top-shelf Merlot and one obvious [...]

August 4, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment

On Merlot in SA

Yesterday a discussion on Merlot in SA facilitated by the South African Sommelier Association and led by renowned winemaker Zelma Long and wine-growing partner Dr Phil Freese, who are  co-owners along with Warwick’s Mike Ratcliffe of Vilafonté in Paarl. Long began by saying that South Africa has a “treasure house” of terroir and hence there [...]

February 3, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Steenberg Merlot 2012

Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius picked up double gold at Veritas for his Merlot 2011 earlier this year and then went on to win the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year for his Merlot 2012. Pretorius is overseeing a shift away from the wine’s traditional “peppermint crisp character” to something a bit more subtle, both [...]

December 3, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Steenberg Merlot 2011

Is South Africa capable of gold medal/5 Star/93+ point Merlot? Constantia property Steenberg is currently boasting about the double gold it got for its Merlot 2011 at Veritas this year and I was more than a little curious to try it. Traditionally Merlot from Steenberg has been love-it-or-hate-it stuff on account of a pronounced minty [...]

October 14, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Interview: Carl Schultz of Hartenberg

From the October issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 49, Carl Schultz celebrated 20 years at renowned Stellenbosch farm Hartenberg last year and wears the mantle of “elder statesman” well. He is probably best known for his Shiraz – he makes no fewer than four versions of this variety – but his other wines are [...]

October 6, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Glen Carlou Merlot 2011

“Charming” isn’t a term you apply to South African Merlot very often but that’s precisely what the 2011 from Paarl cellar Glen Carlou is. The wine spent 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new and has a smart analysis: Abv 14%, RS 1.9g/l, TA 5.7g/l and pH 3.47. Red and black cherry, some floral [...]

April 2, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2011

The release of a new vintage of Mount Bullet Merlot from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin can only be met with high expectations – the 2008 vintage was rated 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s while the 2007, 2009 and 2011 were all nominated for the guide’s ultimate accolade. The 2011 is now out [...]

March 31, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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