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Excelsior Merlot Robertson, Breede River Valley 2019/20 75cl



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COUNTRY: South Africa
VINTAGE: 2019/20
APV: 14.5%
FOODS: Beef, Duck, game, Lamb, Stews, goose, strong cheeses
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Excelsior Merlot Robertson, Breede River Valley 2019/20 75cl

(V) Ripe cherry characters, backed up by smoky coffee and spice aromas. A soft palate with nice weight and structure.

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The 19th century De Wet farm is located in the picturesque Robertson Valley, nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede River, where it benefits from ideal conditions to breed horses and grow vines...

Historically, the farm had three activities: horse and ostrich breeding and vine growing, but today winemaking is the main activity. Owning 220 hectare of their own vines and having a bottling line on site has allowed the winery to control the making of its wines from start to finish. The De Wet family has also developed a social program which benefits its employees and the local community and, through the sales of Excelsior wines, has financed the building of a local crèche as well as the two teachers for the village school.


For years the Excelsior land was grazed by thoroughbred horses because of the ‘limestone‘ rich soils which contribute to bone strength. These soils have also been found to be highly beneficial to grape growing as the grapes from these vineyards display greater spice notes in reds and minerality in whites, than what is typically found in the Robertson region. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted variety on the Estate making up 43% of all plants.

How to introduce the most widely-known red grape in the world? Now planted nearly everywhere there are vines, growers the world over know that its distinctive black fruit flavours are a sure sell in export markets. Fairly low maintenance, it flourishes wherever there is warmth and sunlight. The coolest of marginal climates give green, capsicum flavours; in warmer climates the fruit flavours become richer and blacker, with a savoury ‘graphite‘ edge. Despite having been accused of encouraging homogeneity in international wine styles, it undeniably produces some of the greatest red wines in the world.

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