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