VONDELING Barrel Selection Merlot 2017 14%
Tim Atkin, a British Master of wine and accomplished wine commentator with over 30 years’ experience, has extensive knowledge when it comes to South African wines. He tasted over 1.381 local wines for his 2020 report, now in its eighth year and his most comprehensive to date. The wines are rated according to the international 100-point system.
This wine was awarded a rating of 92 points.
The Voor Paardeberg might not be the first place you'd go looking for a stylish Merlot in the Cape, but this is a delicious and very well-priced example of the variety. Smooth and granular, with herbal red berry flavours, fine cedarwood top notes and good palate length.
Rolf Madsen/VineXpressen skriver (red. uge 42/2021): I Vondeling har vi først lidt solbær efterfulgt af et stormløb af brombær, røg og cedertræ. Saftig og ganske ekstraktrig i munden med en fin lille frugtsødme, der flankeres af en god struktur og rankhed. Afsluttes af et lille frisk tanninbid. 88-89. Anbefalet
Vinmagerne skriver om denne vin:
The wine has a vibrant, dark ruby red colour. A truly splendid nose of black cherry, sweet raspberry and aromatic lavender. The pallet is smooth and soft with abundant, juicy redberry fruit, sweet liquorice and exceptionally fine tannin. The finish is clean, long and lingering. Our Merlot pairs wonderfully with tomato-based pasta dishes, chicken and barbequed lamb chops.