Benguela Cove Estate Merlot 2014

£15.00

The young, vibrant and crimson red coloured Merlot exhibits sweet, ripe red fruit and dark cherry aromas with a dash of roasted coffee and a hint of tobacco. On the palate it has outstanding freshness, rich ripe bramble fruit, good underlying acidity and soft, ripe tannins with a layered finish and an exceptionally long lingering aftertaste

Description

The First Drop

Benguela Cove is a leading producer and wine destination, at the start of South Africa’s Hermanus Wine Route. Discover and enjoy the finest award-winning wines from our quality vineyards.

Tasting Note

The young, vibrant and crimson red coloured Merlot exhibits sweet, ripe red fruit and dark cherry aromas with a dash of roasted coffee and a hint of tobacco. On the palate it has outstanding freshness, rich ripe bramble fruit, good underlying acidity and soft, ripe tannins with a layered finish and an exceptionally long lingering aftertaste.

Food Match

Pair this wine with your Sunday roast; grilled veal, pork or lamb; dishes made with herbs such as thyme, rosemary and oregano; oxtail or steak.

Wine Maker

Johann Fourie

Vineyard info/Viticulture

The grapes were crushed, destalked and underwent a five day cold soak period for better colour extraction prior to fermentation. Fermentation was done at 28°C over 25 days afterwhich it was pressed and the juice transferred to barrel, where the wine completed its malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in a combination of new (25%), second fill (25%) and older (50%) French oak barrels for 18 months.

Vinification

The 2014 vintage, though challenging for some regions, was described as being “exceptional in especially the coastal regions” where above average yields with great quality were obtained. The harvest commenced one to two weeks later than normal due to late cold winter conditions and a cooler spring.

Ageing

The Benguela Cove Merlot 2014 can be enjoyed now but would reward some cellaring and has a minimum ageing potential of five years.

Additional information

Colour

Red Wine

Closure

Cork

ABV

14

Country

South Africa

Region

Walker Bay

Unit Volume (CL)

75cl

Case Size

6x75cl

Vintage

2014

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