Ernie Els Merlot 2015
The medium bodied 2015 Merlot is a reflection of a truly great vintage, exuding excellent ripeness along with freshness and poise. This wine manages to balance succulent red fruits with a savoury complexity, whiffs of tomato leaf, earth, tobacco and plums almost reminds one of Bordeaux. The palate is more sweet-fruited and juicy however, with cherries and strawberries taking centre stage. The tannins are soft like milk chocolate, supported by firm acidity and a long finish. Perhaps the finest vintage to date!
The vintage will be remembered as one of the driest and earliest in years, with a somewhat smaller wine grape harvest promising exceptional wines. The dry weather also led to one of the healthiest seasons in years, with almost no losses due to diseases or rot.
Personal food pairing:
Any beef, lamb or veal dishes will pair beautifully with this wine, it is one of the best cabernet sauvignons I have ever drunk, synonymous with Ernie Els cabernet.