The 2016 Merlot is medium in body and textbook in character. Classically built, it offers a mélange of stewed fruit, chocolate and spice from the nose through to the exotic palate. Notes of dry earth and hints of mint offer complexity, while classy oak notes intertwine with masses of ripe, succulent fruit. A fresh acidity nicely balances the ripe berries and savoury stance, while gutsy tannins offer some good tension and depth. The finish is powerfully textured and dry, offering a platform for 5 - 8 years cellaring.
Ernie Els Merlot 2016
Alc. 14.88% by Vol.
R.S. 3.3 g/l
T.A. 5.9 g/l
The Merlot vineyards grow on the warm, north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Hutton Clovelly soils contain a high gravel content which offers rich middle palate weight giving this wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic ocean just 15 kilometres away, this extends the ripening period by up to 3 weeks, resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.
March & April, 2016. 24.5° Brix average sugar at harvest