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Keermont Merlot 2015

Country: South africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Type: Red
Producer: Keermont
Grape: Merlot
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2015
Alcohol: 14.5%

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This has some serious pizazz and sparkle – just the perfect way to amp up your Christmas fun! Effortlessly enticing on the nose it is packed full of rhubarb and deliciously concentrated raspberries with just a hint of smoky spice. On the palate expect more of that bright fruit and a gentle smoked pepper edge with a feather soft finish. Don’t put up with over-oaked, syrupy excuses for Rioja, instead reinvent your Christmas hunk of beef with this juicy, jiggle inducing and totally fresh version of everyone’s go to Christmas tipple.

Tasting Notes

Most of you will be familiar with the names of winemaker Alex Starey and Keermont - the estate we've gone on record as saying is the best Stellenbosch property to have emerged in the past 20 years. Back in 2015, tasting Keermont's Companion red blend (which in effect the Keermont Merlot is derived from)at Cape Wine almost caused Imogen to expire on the spot she was so impressed. The Keermont Merlot 2015 uses only the best estate Merlot fruit from vineyard parcels between 250m and 400m above sea level in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. The wine then spends 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak before being bottled by hand.

Press Note:

Julia Harding MW ( "Rounded, firm, compact, lots of fruit but not the more usual juicy Merlot, this is more structured and serious. Firm, dry finish. Drink 2018-2024"

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