Swartland Winery Founders Western Cape Merlot 2021

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Swartland Winery Founders Western Cape Merlot 2021

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Swartland Winery

Tasting notes - A wonderfully complex and forthcoming nose delivers aromas of forest floor, crushed leaves, deep ripe black cherries, plums and raspberries, enhanced by a hint of vanilla. The deep fruit flavours are echoed on the palate and are enveloped in earthy and spicy notes. Balanced, with integrated oak and a moreishly soft finish. 

Swartland Winery Founders Western Cape Merlot 2021

Aromas of forest floor, black cherries, plums and
raspberries are enhanced by a hint of smoky vanilla.


Producer Note
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate
and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with
manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn't be greater. But right
now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of
winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of
a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic
and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined
forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has
been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is
definitely worth talking about!


Vineyard
The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous "renosterbos" or
rhino bush, which appears to turn black, ("Swart" in Afrikaans), during the summer
months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C
and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600mm, but the altitude of these vineyards
creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally
friendly farming practices are paramount. 80% of the vineyards are small bush vines
with an average yield of six tonnes per hectare; the quality of fruit is exceptional.


Winemaking
The grapes were harvested at optimum phenolic ripeness, cold soaked for three
days after and then inoculated with a commercial yeast strain. Fermentation took
place at 26°C with four to six pump overs per day to optimise flavour and colour
extraction. After the fermentation, the wines were filtered and bottled to ensure
freshness.


Tasting Note
A wonderfully complex and forthcoming nose delivers aromas of forest floor, crushed
leaves, deep ripe black cherries, plums and raspberries, enhanced by a hint of
vanilla. The dark fruit flavours are echoed on the palate and are enveloped in earthy
and spicy notes. Balanced, with integrated oak and a moreish, soft finish.


Grape
Merlot 100%

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