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Cape Heights Merlot, Western Cape 2018

A ripe and juicy Merlot offering great value for money, sourced from long established vineyards on the Western Cape.
Soft & Supple, Medium-Bodied Red
£7.50
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Producer Boutinot
Country South Africa
Region Other
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Soft & Supple, Medium-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Merlot
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13.5
Vintage 2018
Extra Info Lush, ripe, juicy
Food Pairing Guide Grilled lamb, pasta with a tomato-based sauce, chorizo and butterbean stew, spicy sausages and mash.

Cape Heights Merlot is a bright and juicy Merlot from long established Western Cape vineyards. The nose is soft, creamy and almost chocolatey, with a subtle hint of spice. It's lush and ripe with plenty of fruity flavours such as blackberries, strawberries and damson. The Cape Heights range offers fantastic value for money and this is no exception.

Merlot grapes are sourced from long standing vineyards on the Swartland/Wellington borders and also the Breede River Valley. Low rainfall, warm weather, mainly decomposed granite soils and low trellised vines all adds really interesting complexity to the final wine. Grapes are picked in mid-March, destemmed and placed in open top fermenters. Pigeage is carried out four times daily (whilst up to half of the sugar is fermented), then only twice daily to the end of fermentation - this is a soft delicate way of wetting the cap and aerating the wine. Malolactic fermentation follows before the wine is left on its lees to extract extra depth and soft tannins. A touch of elegance is achieved by using a modest amount (10%) of oak.
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