Durbanville Hills Merlot
The grapes were selected from vineyards on the valley floor where vines are less prone to water-stress as the soils are generally deeper with better water retention than higher up on the hills. The constant presence of wind ensures that the canopies stay fairly small, a phenomenon that we link to better fruit and structure in the wines. We have learned that overlapping bunches tend to colour poorly and great care was taken to ensure even fruit positioning.
Serve with tuna, salmon, baby chickens stuffed with prunes and ground pork, Mediterranean vegetable ragout on a bed of polenta and lamb with black olives and fresh thyme.