Guardian Peak Merlot 2008

Merlot from South Africa

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Item No. 107559
  • red wine
  • WE88
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

Dark ruby red. Aromas of cherry and ripe fruit, supported by toffee and coffee. Strong cherry fruit flavors, complimented by chocolate and licorice.

Critical Acclaim

"Expressive aromas of plum, currant, cherry, tobacco and loam; smells like merlot. Then sweet and lush, with the high-pitched redcurrant flavor complicated by leather, herbs and cedar. No shortage of intensity here. Sound acidity and fine tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this wine now. Incidentally, Jean Engelbrecht has ended his partnership with Ernie Els, who will concentrate his wine efforts on his own very successful label. "
88 Points

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Style: Smooth & Supple
6 no nose is not pleasant, medium-strong flavor but too bitter due to herbs and leather, medium body and finish struggled to give it a six
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Guardian Peak is designed to compliment those who enjoy a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle, and the wines are crafted to be accessible and enjoyed anywhere at any time. Lifestyle is always a priority in the Cape Winelands, and the Guardian Peak range is flexible and dynamic to enhance any lifestyle activity imaginable. Fine wine, superb food and magnificent panoramic views are...

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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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