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 given its perennial woes, we couldn’t help wondering if we were overestimating it.
My thoughts now? It’s a modest but entirely likeable wine. Upfront red and black fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. It was matured for 21 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, only 12% new, so hardly over-oaked. Perhaps not trophy worthy but better for me than the 3 Stars it was rated in Platter’s 2013