Whenever I write about Oldenburg Vineyards and visualise the situation of the Estate I get what Nancy Reagan called a ‘tummy freeze.’ An anticipation of the reminder of an exceptionally beautiful place at the foot of mountains reaching heavenward and looking down the Banghoek Valley all the way to the horizon. This is the home of a truly sublime Merlot, The Oldenburg Merlot 2014.
Planted in a mix of Vilafonté and Cartref Soils, the vineyard is now 12 years old. The grapes are hand harvested, bunch selected in the vineyard and then berry sorted in the cellar after destemming. After fermentation, the wine was pressed from the grapes and taken to 300 litre French oak barrels, half of which were new, for a maturation of 19 months.
The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under natural cork closure. In the glass, a gem bright bloodplum which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges.
It smells like
Lovely Merlot plums, minty eucalyptus, oak and its concomitant spices in undertow.
It tastes like
Sappy fruit, plums and rustic red and black berries like brambles, mulberries and blackcurrants. Good hefty mid-palate with lively tannins, interwoven with minerals and the entry to exit line of fresh acidity. Very accessible now Will age well if cellared properly for at least 8 years from harvest date. Winner in the Top 100 SA Wines 2015.
It’s good with
Merlot is always your go-to glass for a soft juicy red. It is perfect with food in fact made for food. Any number of meat dishes, from oven, potjie, pan, grill, braai will match well with the Oldenburg Merlot 2014. Good with vegetarian main courses. Ina Paarman’s Kettle Braai Pork Neck with Peaches is a great match with this wine. I just love those soft dried peaches. Click here for her recipe.
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