Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2017, so good with Christine Capendale’s Lamb Koftas with Grilled Leeks…

Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2017

I am told by those who I believe are in the know that Merlot is the most asked for red wine by the glass in restaurants in South Africa. I think for a number of reasons. It is a wine that is easy to drink, soft, wonderful fruits and usually silk clad tannins.

Merlot ripening on the vine

The grapes for the Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2017 are harvested by hand where the first quality selection takes place. Once in the cellar, the grapes were sorted again and are allowed to cold soaked for three days before fermentation. During fermentation, pump overs took place for the gentle extraction of flavour, colour and gentle tannins. Once fermented dry, the wine spent 19 months in 300l French oak barrels, 15% of them new. It was then prepared for bottling.

Nic van Aarde Oldenburg Winemaker, picture by John Ford

From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple and elegant and portrays the 8 natural elements on the Estate. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The recessive aromas are of dark fruit, plums and country lane fruits like brambles. Whiffs of herbaceous fynbos and crushed juniper berries. The palate from entry is fresh and rich and generous. Spice and vanilla from the well applied oak, good dark berry and plum fruits. Beautiful harmony and balance. An impressive glass now, would improve hugely with cool cellaring for a couple years.

Christine Capendale’s Lamb Koftas with Grilled Leeks

The Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2017 is a great wine as a glass on its own. However, it shines with food. Really shines. Christine Capendale’s Lamb Koftas with Grilled Leeks is a perfect match. Click HERE for her recipe.

Christine Capendale with her cookbook, Meals

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