De Grendel Merlot 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: De Grendel
Varietal: Merlot
SKU: DEGMER2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
DeGrendel Merlot 2020


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4 Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Smooth, inviting 20 (88 pts) adds dashes of petit verdot & cab franc to its nicely rounded body. Riper dark plum, chocolate & a touch of earth in a supple tannin structure with gentle 20% oak.

Winemaker Notes

If classic elegance is more your thing, look no further than our distinguished and elegant Merlot.

It has a beautiful gem-like ruby colour with garnet flashing around the edges and first reveals a delicate all-sorts of berries – red, black and blue – followed by the alluring aroma of aniseed, cedar and liquorice which are all carried through on the palette.

Rather than dominate, French oak adds support, while the structure comes from the tannins, as do the light mocha flavours. The texture is smooth and well-rounded, lingering a while to remind you of its balance and elegance.

Our Merlot is perfect with Sunday roast lamb and a perfect match for lamb shanks and you’ll be able to enjoy it for the next 5 years.

The season presented a cold winter with good rainfall that ensured a terrific growing and ripening period during spring and summer. Due to a few small heat spikes and rain showers in January, the vines were exposed to stop-and-start conditions. This complicated determining
the accurate stage of ripeness which required viticultural expertise, experience and patience. The 2020 crop size was average.

Handpicked fruit was destalked, crushed and fermented in conical-shaped stainless steel tanks. The ‘aerated pump-over’ method was used to gently pump the fermenting juice across the skin cap four times a day for one-hour periods at a time, ensuring soft tannin extraction. After
fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and matured in 15% new oak, 40% second fill, 25% third fill, and 20% fourth fill French oak barrels.

Deep ruby velvet in colour with an opulent nose combining red plums, cassis, walnuts and bramble boosted by a distinctive waft of violets. The fruit follows through onto the palate offering a red plum profile with an understated savoury and herbal element on the back palate. A finely tuned acid and wood tannin balance, together with a purity of fruit, distinguish this seamless wine as a great ambassador for Merlot.

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