Org de Rac Merlot (750ml)
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Org de Rac was one of the first wine farms in South Africa committed to 100% certified organic wine-farming. Today it is one of only 18 local wine producers certified for the making of wines from organically farmed grapes. From the outset, Org de Rac’s motive for organic farming was our conviction that the best, healthiest grapes make the finest wines.
The farm was purchased in 2001 by Nico Bacon, an entrepreneur in the South African fishing industry who had a vision of establishing a wine farm committed to offering local and international consumers premier wines made from organically grown grapes. The first vines were planted in 2002. During the establishing of Org de Rac the best-known specialists were brought into the fold to direct the operation and to assist in achieving the ultimate goal. Soil classifications showed the physical structure and chemical analysis which determine which grape varieties are suitable for planting. The viticulturists used the assessments of the soil types and decision of which rootstock to attach on the correct variety to plant on the specific sites.
Org de Rac is located in Swartland, one of South Africa’s most famous and oldest wine-farming regions and situated outside the town of Piketberg some 130km north of Cape Town and on the very northern edge of the Swartland region. Its vineyards are south-facing and grow in isolation, fanned by the cooling westerly breezes of the icy Atlantic Ocean situated 50km away.
Lighter in style with a bouquet of berry, plum, cigar-box, mint, and a touch of dark chocolate. Generous on the palate with well-integrated oak and soft tannins supporting the delicate fruit flavours. Pair this with a rack of lamb with mint sauce, duck, or and/or a variety of cheeses.
Made up of 100% Merlot, six different clones of the varietal are aged separately and the best are used for the cuvee. During fermentation, frequent pump-overs were done on the must; this was performed to ensure good colour and tannin extraction to enhance the length and mouthfeel. The wine was aged for 13 months in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fill Sylvain 300-litre barrels.
A merlot lover’s merlot. Plummy nose with a hint of cigar box. Full bodied and rich, this merlot would accompany any slow cooked, hearty stews and should also help alleviate any winter blues.