WINE MAKER’S TASTING NOTES
The 2018 harvest yielded significantly smaller berries with more concentrated flavours which inspired us to produce our very first Merlot. The Grande Provence Merlot started out as a component for our The Grande Provence Red blend, and it still is, but it also evolved into a standalone wine due to its fruit purity, its elegance and complexity. The vineyard is situated in the Helderberg region that gets a lovely cooling sea breeze which results in smaller berry formation with a lot of concentration. It allows us to extract and form a very elegant tannin structure.
WINE OF ORIGIN
Our Merlot is sourced from vineyards in the famous Golden Triangle area of Stellenbosch. To capture the sought after varietal characteristics, the grapes are picked early morning at optimal ripeness. The grapes are brought into the cellar where they are destemmed and cold soaked for a week. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then barrel aged for 12 months.