Rust en Vrede Merlot: ‘Mouthwatering and Velvety’
Many a New World Merlot gains darker color and structural integrity only with a generous helping of Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend (California Merlots can include as be as much as one-quarter Cabernet Sauvignon). The Rust en Vrede Merlot, by contrast, is 100 percent Merlot, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in color or stuffing. Beverage Dynamics, in rating the wine four out of five starts and 90 points, called it “a Cabernet drinker’s merlot.” Here’s the full review from the August issue:
**** (90) Rust En Vrede Stellenbosch Merlot 2011 (South Africa): Great dark color, nose of cassis, a hint of dark berries and spice, very dry but with generous smooth tannins; a Cabernet drinker’s merlot; mouthwatering and velvety.
Rust en Vrede is the first South African estate to specialize exclusively in red wine, producing full-bodied wines that express the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir.