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Glen Carlou Merlot 2011

Juicy lucy.

“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 … [Read more...]

Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2011

It's Merlot and you know it.

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 … [Read more...]

Hartenberg Merlot 2009

Carefully judged.

Achieving decent Merlot under local conditions is tricky, but if anyone’s got a handle on it, then it’s Carl Schultz of Hartenberg in Stellenbosch. He won the 2005 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award with his 2004 and the 2009 (R125 a bottle) is … [Read more...]

Louis Michel Thibault 2009

Robertson property De Wetshof, famed for its various versions of Chardonnay, has gone all in with a top-end red, Louis Michel Thibault 2009 (after the French architect who designed some of the Cape’s more noteworthy 18th and 19th century buildings). … [Read more...]

La Bri Merlot 2010

How Merlot can you go?

Last night I revisited the Merlot 2010 from La Bri in Franschhoek for the first time since it won the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. I was on the panel along with Angela Lloyd and Anthony Rose which judged Merlot and … [Read more...]

Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2010

James Downes of Shannon Vineyards

Yesterday a visit to Shannon Vineyards in Elgin for a better understanding of why this operation produces one of the better Merlots around. First a really insightful tour of the vineyards with co-owner and viticulturist James Downes. Merlot makes … [Read more...]