South African, John Merriman, Stellenbosch Red Wine 2014

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Stellenbosch, located just inland off the coast at Somerset West, where mountains surround this wine making region of South Africa. Overtime Stellenbosch has gained a reputation for producing top class wines, often made in a Bordeaux style. Blends of Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are showcased so it is no surprise that in blind tastings they can be mistaken for the very best of the Bordeaux blends.

This delightful wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and the bordeaux grape variety Petit Verdot which adds a little spice and depth of colour to this delicious red wine. Cask matured for twenty months, however is still relatively youthful. Stored in ideal conditions, this wine can go on to mature further. There are pronounced flavours, aromas of blackberry and plums, a fruit sweetness that’s mouth filling, tannins that are soft, acidity low, alcohol 14.5%VOL. Overall a delightful wine that gently opens up to reveal distinctive earthy, meaty undertones on the palate, it really is delicious. This South African red will complement most red meat dishes but can be enjoyed without food.

Purchased from Waitrose £15.99