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Spier Merlot Signature Collection
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15½/20

Spier Merlot Signature Collection 2016

Western Cape, South AfricaSoft on the sides, sappy on the palate, and snipped on the finish, this merlot is sourced from vineyards 20-60km from the coast in Swartland, Paarl, Overberg and Stellenbosch. Fruit from these 17-19 year-old-vines were cold soaked and fermented in stainless with ample pump overs. Post-ferment, twenty percent saw time in stainless, with the remainder in contact with wood staves. Plum and cherry jam dominate, with some wet wood, medicinal cherry on the back end, choked out with spice. Though blocky in form, the soft sides and jammy fruit will attract many cushy merlot fans.Tasted: 15 August 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 13.99 BCLS Producer: SpierDistributors: Whitehall Premium Wines & Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 129715UPC: 606655000282