Excelsior Merlot 2016, Robertson

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The De Wet farm in the Breede River Valley produces this classic Merlot on limestone-rich soils which guarantee an extra spiciness in the wine, further helped by the addition of 10% Shiraz. Lots of lovely ripe cherry characters, backed up by smoky coffee and spice notes and a soft, voluptuous palate.

Buy this if...you like your reds soft and juicy.

Got to love a Merlot - juicy, plump fruit backed up by savoury spice.
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Percentage Alcohol

14.5

Region

Robertson

Grape Variety

Merlot

Country

South Africa

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayDuck, Lamb, Mediterranean

Vegan

Vegan

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The Producer

The 19th century De Wet farm is located in the picturesque Robertson Valley, nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede River, where it benefits from ideal conditions to grow vines. Owning 220 hectare of their own vines has allowed the winery to control the making of its wines from start to finish. The De Wet family has also developed a social program which benefits its employees and the local community and, through the sales of Excelsior wines, has financed the building of a local crèche as well as the two teachers for the village school.
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The Winemaker

Winemaker Johan Stemmet puts the red wines through partial barrel ageing in both French and American oak to soften out the tannins and marry the flavours, whilst still keeping the varietal character.

The Region

Set between two mountain ranges, the Worcester area of the Robertson wine region has more extremes of temperature than the other areas of the Western Cape, with hot summers and occasionally snowy winters. The Breede River which carves its way through the valley allows for irrigation needs and the limestone-rich soils are perfect for the production of rich, spicy red wines.
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