Merlot Backsberg 2014

Country
South Africa
Producer
Backsberg Estate Cellars
Grape(s)
Merlot (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Smooth
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Not applicable
Alcohol Content
14%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Producer

Founded in 1916, this wonderful estate is located below `The Little Tower of Babylon` on the steep hillside vineyards in Paarl. This prominent producer has been at the forefront of quality wine production for many years. Currently under the stewardship of third generation Michael Back, they are making considerable waves in the international market. Recently achieving carbon neutral status, the first in South Africa. They constantly strive to produce the highest quality grapes using natural and organic principles. Alicia Rechner is back at the helm as winemaker and is well supported by viticulturalist Clive Trent.
Tasting Notes
Deep ruby in colour with an aromatic bouquet of raspberry, red cherry and plums which are tempered by the deft use of French oak. The palate is redolent with succulent, sweet red fruit flavours and finely coated in ripe mouth filling tannins. Smokey and savoury characters from 12-18 months oak aging provide a subtle background to this complex and well balanced wine.
Food
Goes very well with dishes such as duck, lamb, sirloin steak and pastas. Also a great accompaniment to chocolate and mint desserts.