Plaisir De Merle Petit Plaisir 2013
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Winery Location: Simonsberg
Winemaker: Niel Bester
Background: The success of the Petit Plaisir since its first vintage (in 2010) released in Europe, and especially Denmark, has meant a demand for its local availability.
This week saw the release of the 2013 on our local market and judging by the comments from the experienced tasters at the launch it promises to be a huge seller. Many remark that it over-delivers for its price.
The wine is a blend of 50 percent Shiraz with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a tiny amount of Viognier. After fermentation the wines were separately matured in older 300 litre oak barrels with the Shiraz portion divided into American and French oak.
Result: Enticing blueberry aromas with hints of fruit cake, and subtle spice combine with berry flavours on the palate making for a rich and rewarding wine.
When to drink: Now until 2020
Drink with what: I am putting a few bottles away to enjoy as my red wine for Christmas day, especially with the roast turkey.
Expect to pay: R107.50
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