The label for this mouth-watering Merlot depicts the Cape clawless otter, a charming little creature which calls the Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve its home. Our efforts to restore the Vink River system which runs through the estate have seen a healthy re-population of this fascinating species.
Grapes were harvested from Firgrove, Stellenbosch and Constantia planted on decomposed granite soils and Groenekloof planted on well weathered deep red soils. The fruit was picked at optimum ripeness and gentle handling in the cellar resulted in a soft, smooth and extremely accessible wine. On the nose you willl encounter whiffs of fresh cassis, black plums, violets and fruitcake, while the palate boasts flavours of succulent berry fruits and plum pudding, supported by spice and cedar wood. The result is a medium structured wine with elegant ripe tannins on the finish.
The ideal companion to steak, hearty casseroles, roast chicken or lamb shanks.