Winery of Good Hope Cabernet Merlot 2013/2014

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€14.95

Quick Overview

Combining Old World-style tannins with New World-style fruit is something the Cape wines do best. This example has characteristic Stellenbosch minerality, structure and depth, but with some delightful, ripe red fruit and cherries. It has an overall balanced nature with a supple texture that promotes easy drinkability, helped by its wonderfully restrained alcohol level.

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Winery of Good Hope Cabernet Merlot 2013/2014

Additional Information

Goes well with Barbecue, Beef, Cheeses, Lamb
Country/Region South Africa, South Africa/Stellenbosch
Grape type Merlot
Drinking style Soft, round, elegant

Details

This well-balanced wine comes from a mature, trellised vineyard in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch. Selected from several vineyard blocks (about 14 hectares in total), the vines are planted on decomposed granite soils overlooking the ocean. This means they benefit from the moderating maritime breezes, plus an altitude of 300 to 400m above sea level. Green harvest thinning is always carried out early enough in the growing cycle to allow for focused development of a smaller yield. 2012 was an early vintage with some unusual weather patterns and a shorter-than-usual ripening season for many varieties. There was an early heat wave, balanced by fewer hot summer evenings than expected. This set the scene for a long ripening season, despite the early start to vintage. Yields were small and the fruit quality was excellent. Our Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed the Indian summer, drawing lovely, intense flavours from the extended ripening season and becoming all the more drinkable. The Merlot is less structured by nature, and we love the way it contributes a softer, fruity element to this blend – thanks to careful canopy and yield management. The Cab, on the other hand, provides ripe tannins, depth and some intensity to underpin the Merlot fruit.
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