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A rebel with a cause: you'll see why this Merlot is James Dean as Jim Stark, cavorting with the Cabs while the other Merlots dabble in "easy-drinking fruitiness." Notes of smoke and leather with a full-mouth feel.

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Planted in 1998 on the Northwestern slopes of the Simonsberg in well-drained Duplex soil containing granite. 6 tons/ha harvested at 24°B.


100% Merlot, fermented dry on skins. 12 months in 30% new medium-toast French oak. pH 3.56, Alc. 15.0%, Sugar 2.0 g/l, Acid 6.2 mg/l.

Tasting Notes

Clear garnet red color. Hints of smoke with underlying berry aromas. Soft tannins with plum notes.

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