2015 Rust en Vrede Merlot, Stellenbosch (750ml)

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# ZARUME15AE
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 90V
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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Good medium red-ruby. Dark berries, tobacco leaf, chocolate and cedary oak on the nose, plus a suggestion of woodsmoke. At once supple and firm on the palate, with lovely energy and vinosity to its intense currant, spice and herb flavors. With its complex herbal notes and firm spine of dusty tannins, I might have picked this as Cabernet Sauvignon--or at least a Bordeaux blend. Already shows enticing sweetness but lay this baby down for at least a couple years.

90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (May 2017)