Landskroon Wine Estate, owned and managed by the De Villiers Family for 5 generations, is situated in the Paarl Wine Appellation, on the Southwestern slopes of Paarl Mountain with its three large granite rocks on top which shine like pearls after rain. Paul de Villiers V is the current cellar master, the previous four also named Paul. He said to me once, he would like to invite all four Pauls to dinner to talk about their wines.
The Landskroon Merlot 2019 is like a large Ruby set in a regal tiara. The grapes once harvested are destemmed and then fermented in both open and closed fermenters. Once fermented dry, and after pressing, the wine is matured for 12 months in 225 litre French and American Oak Barrels. A small percentage of these were new barrels with the remainder being 2nd and 3rd fills. After this the wine is prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The livery is simple and elegant and does praise for the wine. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are exactly what one expects from a Merlot, red and black berries, ripe plums, and a touch of cigar box. The palate on entry is packed with soft red and black fruit and spiced plums. Rich and generous with pleasing acidity line running through into the aftertaste. The oak with its concomitant sweet spice and vanilla supports the fruit and the soft tannins. Without condemning it with faint praise, it is so accessible and easy to drink. Ready for now drinking, though a couple of years of cool cellaring will reward you handsomely.
The Landskroon Merlot 2019, being so soft is an excellent sipping wine, at sundown or after an evening meal with a bar of dark chocolate. As a food companion there are endless dishes that will be perfect. I once cooked a delicious Chinese style Beef Stir Fry on the Expresso TV Breakfast Show which would be a great pairing with this wine. Click HERE for my recipe.