We go to Franschhoek for my Advent Calendar #14 to Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards and their Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2016. Merlot is a go-to wine especially in restaurants when guests are looking for a glass of soft easy drinking red. People like to think that easy drinking is damning a wine with faint praise, however who needs a wine that is difficult to drink?
The grapes for this wine are from the Swartland and Agter Paarl. They were cold soaked and then fermentation took place with regular pump overs and punch downs which gently extract the colour flavours and allow for minimum tannin extraction. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a traditional Bordeaux shaped bottle, under screw cap with the elegant Leopard’s Leap livery. In the glass, it is a deep cherry red at the core which pale out to ruby at the edges. The nose is of red berry fruits, roadside brambles and an undertow of plums and strawberries. The palate from entry is one full of soft sappy fruit with tannins and acidity interwoven and continuing to a long and gently waning aftertaste.
It will love the haunch of roast beef on your Christmas table with the real gravy and the crispy roast potatoes. The left-over turkey turned into a tomato based pasta sauce. And even, if you are brae enough, a sensational chocolate dessert.
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