Klippenkop Merlot 2017, Robertson

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Klippenkop Merlot 2017, Robertson
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A classic, rich Merlot full of ripe plum and morello cherry notes, brought together by a lush velvety texture. You might taste the oak influence, but it's held nicely in check, with a hint of sweet spice on the finish.

Buy this if...you like a rich, smooth red.

A crowd-pleasing Merlot, packed with ripe, velvety fruit.
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Grape Variety



South Africa


ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red



Food Match

ArrayBeef, Cheese (Strong), Sausages



  • Meet The Producer

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The Producer

The word Klippen is a geographical term for an outcrop of rock, whilst Kop in Africaans is either a hillock or head. The fruit for Klippenkop Merlot is sourced from 35 special grape growing families in the Robertson Valley.
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The Winemaker

Winemaker Jacques Roux Grapes sources the grapes for the Merlot from a range of vineyard sites. Cold soaking happened two days prior to fermentation to ensure optimum colour and flavour extraction. Fermentation took place in stainless steel, after which the wine was transferred to barrel and aged in 80% French Oak and 20% American Oak

The Region

The Merlot vineyards are grown in the lime rich Karoo soils with fairly high clay content. This soil enables growers to use regulated deficit irrigation to control vine vigour and berry size. Cool South Eastern breeze temper the grapes during the ripening season. Irrigation is supplemented by controlled drip irrigation from the Breede River.
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Sausages With Mushrooms & Olives

Quick to prepare and packed with flavour, this sausage stew will work well with smooth, medium-bodied earthy reds with red fruit flavours, just like the Klippenkop Merlot.
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Peppers Stuffed with Beef

The combination of creamy meat filling in the deep-fried sweet peppers is a great match for medium bodied Merlot, try a South African for extra fruit concentration.
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Blue Cheese Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges

Burgers and red wine are a match made in heaven but don’t forget the blue cheese element which could scupper your wine choice. To contrast the creamy, salty notes (not forgetting acidity) of the cheese, head to rich, fruity reds with good acidity. We'd head for Klippenkop's Merlot, it's brill.
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