2016 Merlot, Sumaridge, Walker Bay
2016 Merlot, Sumaridge, Walker Bay
"I expected the 2016 Sumaridge Estate Merlot from South Africa to be well knackered but found it full of juicy ripe fruit and, well, joy. I loved it."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
Vigour constraining site provides a complex, full bodied, yet classy Merlot that shows a restrained brooding dark fruit profile amply supported by mocha notes and lifted vanilla spice. The textured palate is defined by an enduring line of soft tannins with a lingering aftertaste.
This wine is typically accessible now and with a well balanced structure and ripe fruitiness it has good maturing potential up to 10 years.
Sumaridge Wine Estate, proudly owned by the Bellingham Turner family, lies gracefully between two imposing mountain ranges in the Western Cape’s Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - aptly named “Heaven and Earth” - with commanding views stretching to Walker Bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
The cool maritime breezes are key to the elegance of the estate’s wines. The perfect marriage of exceptional location, climate and soil, coupled with expert wine crafting, gives birth to signature wines that are distinctively elegant, ample in body and complex in flavour.
"The British love affair with Merlot seems to continued unabated. This is most likely due to the sheer drinkability of youthful examples that stock the shells of many a wine merchant and supermarket, but perhaps also due in part to the longstanding relationship between the British and the wines of Bordeaux. For many years now it has been the most planted variety in Bordeaux, appearing in most wines alongside its regular blending partner Cabernet Sauvignon.
Although often found alongside Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot can produce a far more approachable and easy drinking wine than Cabernet when in its youth. It ripens more easily than Cabernet and its larger berry size means that the level of tannins are lower. However, even with these lower tannin levels it can still produce wines with a wonderfully opulent style and velvety texture. This, allied to a ripe plummy flavour, gives it very wide appeal indeed.
Countries such as Chile and the USA, which have both taken their lead from Bordeaux, have unsurprisingly majored on this variety, and today we see large quantities being produced in Chile's Central Valley and the vast vineyards of California. The Americans drink most of what they make so it is the Chileans who have really been the catalyst for making the variety such a favourite in the UK. What they have done so well is produce Merlot which is medium bodied, full of ripe fruit flavour and very soft textured, and most examples are less than £10 a bottle.
Whilst we will all continue to enjoy a glass of easy going Merlot with our supper, one mustn't forget that this is not all the variety has to offer. At £2000 or more a bottle, the wines of Chateau Petrus and many of their near neighbours in Pomerol and St Emilion will show you the extent of this varieties power."
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