Yonder Hill Vineyards is situated in the saddle of the Stellenbosch Somerset West Road as one drops down into Somerset West. In the path of the gentle cooling afternoon breezes which whisper up from False Bay in the afternoons to ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards.
Abé Beukes’s talents as a wine maker shines through the wine. The grapes for the Yonder Hill Y-Merlot 2016 were taken to the cellar and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation, a third of the wine was matured in previous fill French oak barrels. This allow the fruit to shine with the support of the gentle brushing of oak.
It looks like
Packed under screw cap in a Bordeaux shaped bottled with elegant simple livery. In the glass, it is gem bright slightly translucent bloodplum red at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the meniscus.
It smells like
A generosity of red and black berry fruits and ripe sappy plums. Oak and its concomitant spices in undertow.
It tastes like
Mulberry and roadside brambles from entry to the aftertaste. Nice mid palate with tannins and fruit acidity well interwoven. Really nice sipping wine.
It’s good with
Perfect, dry, soft easy drinking wine. Good standing round the braai fire, waiting for the embers to be ready. Likes spicy foods too. As a vegetarian dinner, Ian Paarman’s Butternut & Butterbean Tagine. Click here for her recipe.
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