Producer: Rust en Vrede Estate Style: Red Wine Grape Type:Merlot Origin: South Africa Region:South Africa
88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Good bright, dark red. Currant, black cherry, loam and tobacco on the nose. Smooth and vinous, with a nice touch of sweetness to the currant and tobacco flavors. An attractive, juicy midweight with moderate complexity but good intensity and length.
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting... Read More »
Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon... Read More »
Provide your zip code and email address so we can customize your search results for stores that ship to your state.
We will not sell or rent your email address to any third party.