De Trafford Wines, Merlot 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Note: While merlot may be a pain to produce in this region of South Africa, this wine shows why the pain is worth the work.
Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has a nose of black plum, red cherry and vanilla baking spice.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied merlot has soft, medium tannin, midpalate complexity and some structure with a hint of stone fruit.
The wine has a velvety mouthfeel and completes with a long finish.
Price: $22 US (February 2018 Currency conversion rate), 260 South African Rand (ZAR)
Tasted: De Trafford Wines Tasting Room, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Date: January 19, 2018