Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rainbow's End Stellenbosch Merlot 2007

2007 Rainbow’s End Single Vineyard Merlot Banhoek Stellenbosch 80+ Points

Dark cherry red with a bright purple rim, excellent clarity, rarely encountered in a Cape Merlot.

Fragrant, plum touch of earth lends Old World austerity with some notes of fruity aromas more reminiscent of a Chilean Merlot, than Cape……

Some lead pencil minerality, ripe mulberries sweetness, tight acidity quite overpowering, lacking Merlot flesh (It’s more of a Cape Merlot characteristic than bad winemaking) otherwise savoury juicy plum, delicate tannins needs 2 years for integration, some note of salty minerality.

The best attribute about this Merlot was the very positive colour concentration, more Pomerol / St Emillion than New World.

Now until 2014