Paul de Villiers V is the fifth generation Cellarmaster of Landskroon Wine Estate, a family owned and managed Winery on the south facing slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain. Table Mountain is on the Southern horizon.
The Estate’s Flagship Range is named for the five Pauls. The Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2017 is worthy of the name. Once harvested, the grapes are brought into the cellar where they are destemmed and crushed and taken to fermentation tanks, some closed and some open. Once ready for barrel ageing, the wine is taken for 16 months to 50% new barrels, 30% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill barrels. Once this process is over, the wine is prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple and elegant which befits a fine wine like this. In the glass, the wine is a rich bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are of berries, cherries and plums with an undertow of the oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. From entry the palate is alive and fresh. The tannins are well structured, the palate full and generous, positively bulging with fat ripe berries and cherries.
Because it is so soft and accessible the Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2017 is a superb sipping, especially after dinner with a piece of snappy dark chocolate. However, it is with food that the wine truly excels. It is happy to be matched with chicken and pork dishes. A perfect match, and a vegetarian one, is Roberta Muir’s Mushroom Pappardelle. Click HERE for her recipe.
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Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2017
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