Darling isn’t necessarily known for its Merlot but the 2017 Groote Post is a commendable offering. A savory, fruity combo on the nose that combines plum and cherry fruit notes with fresh herbs and some leafiness and a hint of florality leads into a medium fuller to fuller bodied wine. The darker red fruit of plum and cherry has nice lift and freshness, buttressed with underlying acidity that drives this through the palate. An herbal tone chimes in on the finish while the tannins give this nice supporting structure. You can drink this now, but another 6-8 months in the cellar will reward handsomely, with another 3 plus years of great drinking following.
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91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019 Darling isn’t well known for Merlot, but its cooler spots are suitable to the variety. This racy, scented example illustrates the point, with subtle 40% new wood, fine tannins and floral bramble and fresh herb flavours. 2020-2015.
90 pts Points 2019 Wine Magazine Annual Merlot Report
Matured for 15 months in French oak, 35% new. Aromatics include cherries and plums, some floral perfume and leafiness. The palate has good fruit concentration, bright acidity and crunchy tannins.