My choice tipple with this special bredie is Groote Post’s 2014 Merlot, recipient of the Best Merlot Trophy at the 2016 Old Mutual Trophy wine show. The vineyards these grapes were harvested from are 14-15 years old. Now if you know nothing about viticulture, know this – older is better. The wine was aged in 300L French oak barrels with 30% in new wood, 40% in second fill barrels and 30% in third fill.
Merlot is often frowned upon as the second best bastard cousin of the reds. Naturally neither Merlot nor I agree. Wine maker, Lukas Wentzel, has produced a showstopper boasting rich berry and plum aromas with a subtle hint of mint.
On the palate it delivers juicy blackberry and cedar notes. Get it for about R128 retail and serve in gran’s best crystal for Sunday lunch.