Peacock Ridge Merlot 2022

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This soft, supple Wild Yeast Ferment Merlot from Peacock Ridge is outstanding value for money – it has a generous dark fruit character which very definitely new world but with a natural character and structure which is quintessentially Merlot and makes for a very interesting glass of red at this price point. Deep, dense and youthful colour with aromas of cassis, cedar wood, smoke and herbal notes. On the palate the Peacock Ridge Merlot is elegant and evolved with upfront dark black fruit, a touch of crushed rocks, mocha, liquorice and tar, balanced by fine yet seductive tannins. Weight, concentration and a long complex finish.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural
Producer Waterkloof
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch, SA
Vintage 2022
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Merlot
Terroir sandstone origin with medium sizestones, vineyards are planted at a height of between 200 and 290 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Schaapenberg mountain range in Somerset West
Alcohol 14.5% abv
Maturation Twenty percent of the wine was aged in new French barrels and the rest mainly in second fill French barrels for 10 months.
Total Sulphur None added
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Delightful in youth, it will happily go on for 3-5 years
Food Matching Poultry, Red Meat

WATERKLOOF estate was founded in 2004, ending Paul Boutinot’s persistent and uncompromising 10 year search for a vineyard site with the potential to produce truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin.

Located on the south-facing slopes of Schapenberg Hill near Somerset West in the Stellenbosch district of the Western Cape’s Coastal Region, Waterkloof shares its magnificent Atlantic views with free-roaming peacocks and other natural fauna and flora attracted to this haven. Certified by Demeter in 2015, their vineyards are of only a few in the Cape to boast official biodynamic approval and status. The estate has 56 hectares under vine and Tim Atkin’s Cape Classification currently ranks Waterkloof as 5th Growth level. With production around 165,000 bottles per year, Waterkloof make “honest wines” from their unique biodynamic coastal site. Respect for nature, traditional wine making practices and minimal intervention are all key to their success.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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