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2007 Thelema Merlot "Stellenbosch"

Winery: Thelema

Vintage: 2007

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stellenbosch"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 100% Merlot

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $29

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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