2004 Stellenbosch SA Merlot
Full-bodied wine with outstanding balance.
Aromas of bright strawberry and watermelon fruits, with hints of dusty earth and tar. Coffee grinds, blackberry, cherry cola, and nutmeg intermingle with the red and black fruits in the mid-palate. The 30+ second finish rises up with mocha and earth tones.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Cherry, Earth, Mocha, Strawberry
Sourced from two high-end producers in Stellenbosch and put together by a consulting winemaker with access to lots of great juice. We expect a lot more great stuff from this dynamite region. Many thanks to customer Jack for the South African hook-up!
South Africa is once again on the rise. In the 1980s, South Africa far outpaced Australia, Chile, and Argentina, but because of Apartheid sanctions quickly disappeared from the US wine market. A new government and tremendous reinvestment in South Africa (70% of their vines are less than 16 years old!) have put them back on the map as they are now the 7th-largest wine-producing country in the world. Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, in their World Atlas of Wine, noted "Surely the most beautiful wine country on the face of the Earth is South Africa's Stellenbosch." Located on the Southern Cape of South Africa, hundred-year-old soils and maritime-influenced climate make for amazing wines. Best of all, positive exchange rates make for a phenomenal value!