2007 Thelema Merlot "Stellenbosch"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stellenbosch"
Wine Category: Merlot
Grape blend: 100% Merlot
State or country: South Africa
Cases produced: 200
KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: September 4, 2011
Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from South Africa was our 3rd place finisher in our big blind tasting of mid-tier Merlots. It opens with a green pepper, leather, and smoky bacon bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and silky. The flavor profile is an oak infused plum with a hint of black cherry and green pepper. The finish is dry and its sticky oak tannins linger for quite some time. This wine would pair well with beef bourguignon. Enjoy – KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: This classy, supple-textured Merlot charms with enticing aromas and flavors of red berries, black currant, and plum. Subtle hints of tobacco, earth, and mint and a sexy, smoky quality make it an ideal partner for lamb chops and grilled meats.
Organic status: not organic
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