Kloovenburg Merlot Swartland 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Pieter Du Toit's Kloovenburg estate is definitely off the beaten track, hidden away on the Kasteel Mountain, to the northeast of Cape Town. Pieter is the walking definition of a perfectionist as shown by the fact that he had a new vineyard dug up and replanted to make sure that the rows were straight! Both viticulture and winemaking are done very much by hand with a healthy suspicion of new fangledism clearly evident around the estate. Having started out making Shiraz, Pieter now also makes superb examples of Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet, all of which thrive among the olive trees which Pieter's wife Annalene uses to make one of South Africa's finest olive oils. Warm and inviting, this Merlot seduces with a bounty of red berries and charms with unexpected whiffs of sweet spice. The palate is velvety and follows through in a smooth and lingering aftertaste, with ripe tannins adding structure and ensuring excellent cellaring.

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Pieter Du Toit's Kloovenburg estate is definitely off the beaten track, hidden away on the Kasteel Mountain, to the northeast of Cape Town. Pieter is the walking definition of a perfectionist as shown by the fact that he had a new vineyard dug up and replanted to make sure that the rows were straight! Both viticulture and winemaking are done very much by hand with a healthy suspicion of new fangledism clearly evident around the estate. Having started out making Shiraz, Pieter now also makes superb examples of Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet, all of which thrive among the olive trees which Pieter's wife Annalene uses to make one of South Africa's finest olive oils. Warm and inviting, this Merlot seduces with a bounty of red berries and charms with unexpected whiffs of sweet spice. The palate is velvety and follows through in a smooth and lingering aftertaste, with ripe tannins adding structure and ensuring excellent cellaring.

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