Cape of Good Hope Parel Vallei Farmstead Stellenbosch Merlot 2007 89+ Points
From a single 10 year old, high density vineyard literally planted in the backyard of proprietor of Anthonij Rupert Wines, Johann Rupert, in residential Somerset-West on deep clay soils.
"Medium clear, bright ruby cherry red with slight russet / mahogany rim, medium plus concentration, medium plus viscosity, no gas or sediment.
Clean, medium plus intensity, initial herbaceous, burn off with aeration, peppery note followed by ripe blackcurrant, cassis and blueberries, good typicity, earthy character, high alcohol though. Cedary oak character, plummy, ripe Pomerol character, dark chocolate, intense fruit.
Dry, medium plus tannins, medium plus concentration, medium acidity, high alcohol follows through with tobacco and lead pencil / graphite note complexity, generously oaked, new juicy flavors of ripe plums.
Muscular / robust showy style, long skin contact averaging 45 days, fermented and matured in 225 L new French oak barrels, followed by 2 years bottle ageing, built to impress and aged, will benefir from aerating / decanting prior to enjoyment, preferably served at a cooler temperature of 13 degrees celsius, will pair perfectly with a Pigeon breast, foie Gras, Porcini fricasse and truffled veal jus.