Douglas Green Merlot Malbec 2019, an under R120 bottle for today’s #sawinelockdown…

Douglas Green Merlot Malbec 2019

A blend of two of the great reds of Bordeaux, the grapes for the Douglas Green Merlot Malbec 2019 come from 3 Wine Appellations, Swartland, Breedekloof and Robertson. The crop for 2019 was a small one, the vines still being affected by the drought. There was uneven ripeness of the berries. There was the Merlot which showed ripe tannins which provided great structure in the final wine with no grippiness at all. Malbec is so well known in Argentina and it is good to see some really delicious wines in the Cape which have Malbec in their makeup. Once in the Douglas Green approved cellars of their appellations, the wines were separately vinified and matured on oak staves with the use also of oak chips. Malolactic fermentation took place here too. The wines were then taken to the Douglas Green Cellars in Wellington where they were blended and then prepared for bottling.

Malbec ripening on the vine

Pour
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classic Douglas Green. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The fruit is so overt in the aromas, red and blackberries and plums leaping out of the glass. The palate is generous and sappy and in addition to the fabulous fruit, and it natural acidity, the super smooth tannins, the oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla are in perfect support though to the juicy satisfying aftertaste. Good wine for now drinking or certainly during 2022 if you are going to give it some cool cellaring.

Dianne Bibby’s Red Wine Beef Stew with Potato Gratin

Pair
The Douglas Green Merlot Malbec 2019 should be lightly chilled before serving. It is the perfect wine at the braai while you wait for the embers to be perfect for cooking. Good also for that after dinner chess game. Dianne Bibby’s Red Wine Beef Stew with Potato Gratin is the prefect dish with this wine as an Autumnal midweek supper dish. Click HERE for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby, one of Johannesburg’s top cooks, food writer, photographer & recipe developer

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