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De Trafford Wines Merlot 2012 – A Pain to Grow, but Worth the Work

De Trafford Wines, Merlot 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Wine Casual

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.

Rating: 92 points
Price: $22 US (February 2018 Currency conversion rate), 260 South African Rand (ZAR)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Tasted: De Trafford Wines Tasting Room, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Date: January 19, 2018

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