Guardian Peak Merlot 2010

Merlot from South Africa

$15.00 $10.95
Save $4.05
Item No. 111594
  • red wine
  • WE88
  • WS87
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red in color. Clean, fresh aromas of red fruit with hints of chocolate. Plum and red berry flavors filter through on the palate with a long, elegant finish.

This intense, fruit-driven example of a South African Merlot was made for early enjoyment and will improve over the next 2 to 3 years.

Critical Acclaim

"A balanced and well-structured wine, this Merlot expresses attractive aromas of black plum, soft sweet licorice and delicate spice. The mouth is lush and round with soft tannins and a chocolaty finish. Drink now."
88 Points

"Slightly jammy, but stays fresh enough, with good forward plum sauce, licorice and sweet spice notes. Drink now. 450 cases imported."
87 Points

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Rating:
(8/4/2012)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
It starts out a little rough but smooths out about the 90 minute mark after sitting in the glass. Very fruitful wine with a decent finish.
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South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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