Rust en Vrede Merlot 2004

Merlot from South Africa

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Item No. 103208
  • red wine
  • WE91
  • ST89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • ST90

Winemaker's Notes

Color: Bright cherry red.

Aroma: Mulberries, ripe plums, white chocolate and macadamia nuts, notes of cinnamon with a pervasive aroma of rose petals balanced with subtle oak.

Palate: Bouquet carries well through to the palate. Elegant, well-balanced with an underlying refreshing herbaceous quality. Good sweet/sour balance. This wine will complement a variety of seafood and lighter meat dishes. Enjoy this great food wine now through 2010.

Critical Acclaim

"Firm tannins and good acidity suggest you can enjoy this wine over the next 10 years, but with beefy flavors of cassis, blackberry and tobacco you may not want to wait. Meaty on the nose, with ample oak spice and a touch of pepper adding to powerful fruit aromas, and a long, spicy finish. "
91 Points

"Ruby-red. Enticing aromas of plum, chocolate and new oak. Lively, sweet flavors of dark berries, plum, licorice and mint, all nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with light but firm tannins and lingering notes of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate, plus some peppery lift on the back. Very successful South African merlot."
89 Points

Learn About Rust en Vrede Map ItMap It

Nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch wine region lies this beautiful estate of 55 hectares. Known for consistently producing wines of high quality, Rust en Vrede is now considered to be one of the finest estates in South Africa when it comes to the making of truly great red wines. Established in 1694, it is one of the oldest estates in the...

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Learn About South Africa

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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Learn About Merlot

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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