Baobab Merlot 2002

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Dense, deep purple red with aromas of plum and berries.

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Baobab, South Africa
Baobab is a medium-sized winery, producing about 20,000 cases per year. The winery is located near Worchester, less than two hours from Cape Town, and has warm days and cool nights during the growing season. Many of the vineyards are family owned, and often the wines are single vineyard.

Baobab wines are highly rated, great quality and outstanding values. The fruit comes from the Western Cape appellation of South Africa, and are exciting and vibrant wines. The winemaker, Albie Treurnicht, aims to produce sophisticated, food-friendly wines that are full of flavor. South Africa has been making quality wines for over 300 years, but recently have shown tremendous growth in the US market as the wines are being discovered by American wine drinkers.

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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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GVIG1BA2BML_2002 Item# 59917

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