Oldenburg Merlot 2013

If you’re looking for class, you don’t have to look much further than Oldenburg Vineyards.  This enchanting little winery is situated in the upper, almost Alpine, reaches of the Banghoek Valley with the Simonsberg, Stellenbosch and Groot Drakenstein Mountains towering above it.  And then in amusing sharp contrast the little Rondekop Hill in the middle of the vineyards bringing its own soils and microclimatic conditions. It is the most beautiful place and so worth a visit.

Rondekop in Autumn

The Oldenburg Merlot 2013 is a sublime expression not only of the Merlot grape but of the vineyards and the weather conditions leading up to the harvest.  A unique fingerprint of 2013. Planted on a trellis in a mix of Oakleaf and Glenrosa soils. The vineyard is offered supplementary drip irrigation when required.

Oldenburg’s owner Adrian Vanderspuy & Philip Costandius, GM and Winemaker

At harvest time the grapes are handpicked and taken to the cellar where they are destemmed and crushed and then allowed a three-day cold soak before the fermentation starts. 19 months was spent in 300 litre French oak barrels, of which 40% were new before the wine was prepared for bottling.

Merlot Grapes just before harvesting

It looks like
Bottled under a cork closure with the traditional black Oldenburg label with the variety printed in red. In the glass a gem bright opaque plum at the which pales out to ruby garnet at the rim.

It smells like
Berries of Burgundy – the blackcurrants, roadside brambles and oak and its concomitant spices.

It tastes like
Fabulous generous fruit on entry which continues through the mid palate and into the aftertaste – a slowly waning ending. Little whispers of very pleasant pennyroyal mint. Elegant tannins and acidity well interwoven. A laster.

Nadia Graves’s Raclette in a pan

It’s good with
Lately I have been talking about good wines like this as the perfect after dinner wine when you want a bottle to accompany some gentle conversation. It is of course a brilliant food wine and will happily take on the Sunday Roast Lunch with all the trimmings, hearty meat dishes and tasty vegetarian food.  Nadia Graves who lives and cooks in the Dordogne in France offers this delicious autumnal dish, so perfect at this time of the year with cooler nights around us. So here we have Nadia Graves’s Raclette in a pan, or as they day in the Dordogne, Raclette à la poêle. Click here for her recipe.

Nadia Graves in her Dordogne Kitchen

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