Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hartenberg Loam Hill CWG Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Merlot 2009 91 Points

Ripe blackberry, mulberry and dark plums, graphite / pencil shavings note, cedar wood, oaky and showy profile, cigar and tobacco complexity, earthy mineral. Moderate plus alcohol of 13.92% abv is well integrated.
Firm tannins, layered, fresh and savory, juicy and elegant, fine depth, persistent finish.
20 months in 100% new French oak.
Best revisited in 2014, will benefit from aeration/double decanting
Will keep up to 2021+
Winemaker: Carl Schultz

56 cases on offer