My final Advent Calendar #24 wine comes for the valley of wine & roses and horses, Robertson. It is the Bon Courage Inkará Merlot 2015. Bon Courage, owned by the Bruwer family is a four generation owned and managed Estate.
Since its inception in 2001, the range of premium Bon Courage Estate Wines have proven themselves as terroir driven wines. Hand-picked grapes from specific vineyards are used, and in this case, Merlot.
Inkará is the range of wines by Jacques Bruwer, the name is a truncation of the names of his three children, Inge, Karli & André. André is named for his grandfather, the pater familias of the Bon Courage Bruwers.
The grapes were whole berry fermented and then cold soaked. After pressing the wine was taken to French oak barrels to mature for 18 months. A mix of new, and second fill barrels were used. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From an appropriately Bordeaux shaped bottle, under a natural cork closure. The livery is a soft metallic blue. In the glass, the wine is bloodplum red at the core which pales out to garnet edges. Whiffs of plum and roadside brambleberries. The palate is round and soft and full from entry to exit. Again, the plums and bright fruited blackberries all interwoven with cashmere clad tannins in the long and slowly waning aftertaste.
Merlot is your go to wine when you want an easy drinking wine. People think that you are damning a wine with faint praise when you call it easy drinking. Easy drinking in my book is a good thing – ever had a difficult to drink wine? One your Christmas table, this wine will match your stuffed well-cooked turkey, the tranche of roast beef, the hot, or indeed the cold smoked Gammon. Jackie Cameron’s Weber Stuffed Christmas Turkey, coal roasted Sweet Potatoes & Weber–grilled Fresh Asparagus is a perfect way to serve your Christmas lunch. Click here for her recipe.
Read more about Bon Courage and its wine – click here