Today we take a closer look at the Excelsior Merlot 2012 – our biggest seller in the local market. It is one of our winemaker Johan Stemmet’s big successes and a real crowd pleaser. It’s a dense dark red ruby colour with floral notes of violets and ripe blackberry notes. The fruit carries through to the palate with ripe plum and, again, blackcurrant flavours, followed by hints of coffee and chocolate.
True to a good Merlot, the tannins are soft and ripe and well integrated with the fruit. Merlot can sometimes show green flavours and tannins and we have to manage our vine canopies and subsequent sun exposure very carefully to make sure our grapes ripen evenly and fully.
This wine deserves to be our top seller. It lends itself very well to be paired with red meat, matured cheese or simply on its own, preferably with something pretty to look at.