Elgin Vintners Merlot 2016

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A distinguished Merlot, combining blend of bold plum, blackberry, and blueberry fruit with distinctive notes of violet, cardamom and walnut. Plush, silky tannins give a luxurious mouthfeel, followed by a pure and refreshingly savoury finish.

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Winner of 94 pts and a silver medal in the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards: "Complex nose, red plum, bramble with touches of leather and cedar oak. Touches or green lift opulent fruit and solid tannin."

The grapes come from the Eikenhof Vineyard, planted in 2004 on Koffie Klip soils. Green harvesting is employed prior to veraison and the vines are trained to double Perold. The grapes were hand picked in three stages into 18k boxes.

Following a five day cold-soak at 8°C, alcoholic fermentation took place in tank, followed by malolactic fermentation also in tank. The wine was then transferred to French oak barriques, twenty percent new, where it matured for twenty months.

 
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Vintage 2016
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Awards 90pts, Tim Atkin; Silver, DWWA, 2020
Country South Africa
Region Elgin
Grapes Merlot 100%
Body D
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
 
Elgin Vintners

The Elgin Vintners are a partnership of six dedicated grape growers who, believing in the excellence of the terroir and diversity of their vineyards, have combined their resources to cultivate and produce a range of high quality wines. They hail from the beautiful Elgin Valley, a high inland plateau completely surrounded by mountains, seventy kilometres along the coast from Cape Town. This cool climate region was long known for its apple orchards but since the turn of the century quality conscious winemakers have been taking advantage of the temperate conditions, afforded by the high altitudes and cooling winds from the Atlantic, to grow exemplary Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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