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Rainbows End Merlot

Wine Magazine Merlot Report 2018 – 90 points (Top 8 Merlot achiever in South Africa)

This is actually slightly misleading as it actually came 2nd, but the classification is "Top 8". It is also listed at some of South Africa's finest restaurants including: Singita, La Petit Colombe, Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club 

Rainbows End Merlot is regarded by Neil Pendock of the Platter Guide as one of the best in South Africa, and I have to agree. The 2014 was exceptional as was the 2015. We have just received stock of the 2016. This is also excellent and drinking well, but will improve significantly with a little bottle age. Rainbows End is one of my favourite wineries and this Merlot is one of my favourite wines. This is well worth trying to see for yourself just how good top quality South African Merlot can be.

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Rainbows End Merlot

Text from Rainbow's End website:

Composition: 100 % Merlot (Italian clone 12 and French clone 348)

Tasting Notes: Deep crimson colour. Whiffs of cedar on the nose. Plums and ripe Mulberries on the palate. Velvety mouth feel, with sturdy rounded tannins and a long lasting finish.

Maturation: 12 Months in 33.3% new wood, 33.3% second fill and 33.3% third fill French barrels. Two rackings during wood maturation. Thereafter bottled without filtering or fining. Natural deposits may therefore be found in the bottle. Can be enjoyed now but is anticipated to reach its optimum in 2-5 years time.

More Information
Location Banhoek, Stellenbosch
Winery Rainbows End
Winery status Tiny family winery
Winemaker Anton Malan
Annual production Low
Grapes Merlot
Product awards Wine Magazine Merlot Report 2018 – 90 points (Top 8 Merlot achiever in South Africa)
Gold Medals
Style Big and smooth
ABV 14
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2016
Percentage score 90
Sustainable farming Yes
Sulphite level Low
John's Rating
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