Merlot – King Makhosonke II
Type – White
Body – Medium
Taste – Fragrant
Aromatic and intense the wine has delightful flavours of rose petals, litchi and Turkish delight. The wine has a full palate that is carried by a fresh acidity and lingering creamy finish.
These 35-year-old vineyards present a visual anomaly. Gnarled and far from aesthetic, they produce the tiniest berries with astonishing aromatic concentration. Southwest facing with one of the most extreme slopes on the farm, the wines enjoy the wintry exhalation of the Atlantic Ocean less than a stone’s throw away.
Two very different vineyards in Stellenbosch supplied the fruit for this wine. The first site, 350m above sea level on the south-west facing slopes of the Polkadraai Hills area, provides bright and juicy fruit with good acidity, tannic weight and absolute fruit density on the palate. The second vineyard on the lower South Western slopes of Polkadraai Hills, offers Ribena Ripeness, generosity and length on the palate. Although soil types differ between the sites, they all have some form of decomposed granite lying over structured clay subsoil allowing for ample drainage and water retention when required
Winemaker – Hagen Viljoen
Main Variety – Merlot
Alcohol – 14.5 %vol
pH – 3.52
RS – 2.9 g/l
Total Acid – 5.5 g/l
Appellation – Stellenbosch
Rich and generous with plush concentrated flavours of plums, chocolate and a combination of red and black cherries. Layers of red fruit, strawberries and hints of red cherries that cover the palate from start to finish. For those with a fondness for a softer yet full-bodied Merlot, then this is your investment wine – a wine that, with maturation, will reward you handsomely.
Will reward you handsomely with some maturation between 3 –6 years.
When to Enjoy: Socialising with friends over a relaxed meal.
How to Serve: A nice cool 16° – 18°.
Our meal suggestions: Terrific with meaty fish such as Tuna or Salmon or with goat’s cheese on a wild mushroom and spinach salad or a tasty pizza. Delicious with chocolate/berry desert!