All summer we were spoilt with the most wonderful chenin blancs to sip on those long, balmy evenings. Now there’s a chill in the air and we may need to rethink our wine choices as we stack the logs next to the fireplace. One I can certainly recommend is the Cederberg Merlot Shiraz 2017 – a high quality, yet accessible wine that isn’t too heavy on the pocket.
There’s a well-known saying that life is too short to drink poor wine. I couldn’t agree more – but top-tier wines both in South Africa and globally are often quite pricey in nominal terms. Cederberg Private Cellar has a reputation of crafting exceptional wines – in fact, it’s one of the cellars outside the traditional wine-growing regions that can easily challenge Stellenbosch with its superb Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet the estate’s wines remain within a price range for everyday enjoyment.
The Cederberg Merlot Shiraz 2017 is another of the award-winning wines produced by winemaker David Niewoudt on 66 hectares of the farm Dwarsrivier in the high-altitude Cederberg wilderness area. It’s a rather unusual blend of 57% merlot and 43% shiraz – but the primary flavours of the two grape varieties work well in unison.
The wine fills the nose with ample red fruit flavours and a hint of vanilla. The palate is juicy and shows sweet plum, mulberries and cherries, while the shiraz in the blend leaves a spicy undertone. A grippy acidity provides structure and fills the mid-palate. Overall, the wine drinks smoothly yet provides enough interest to open another bottle when the occasion is right.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
Sanlam Private Wealth clients can purchase the Cederberg Merlot Shiraz 2017 for a special price of R100 (retail price R130).
The offer is open exclusively to SPW clients. All wine offers expire after 30 days. Subject to availability.
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