GlenWood Merlot 2018

This was a double recommend from two wine people I could listen to for days…

…it came with an infanticide warning that I promptly ignored…with cheeky relish.

The Wine:

Deep ruby in the glass. An attractive nose of mulberries, cranberries, plums, teensy hit of vanilla pods and slight pencil shavings when you really think about it.

Dry, full bodied, young but velvety tannins that will surely merge and soften over time, a medium plus finish. I burnt the tip of my tongue on terrible and overpriced coffee so I’m mostly focussing on the lingering fruits washing the sides of my mouth. I’m pleasantly surprised by how fruit forward this is.

Vini + Viti:

I couldn’t access the info on this specific wine on their website, but the vines are 22 years old and the wine is matured for 18 months in small 3rd fill French oak.


Balance (1) + Length (1) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (1) = A very good wine.

Drink now, but has potential for further ageing. And if I can add that it’s fantastic value for money!

Final Thoughts:

I couldn’t  stop sniffing the empty glass, even though I had most of the bottle left to pour.  For me, that’s a sign of a wine that I’m very much enjoying. This would be sensational with duck!

I knew little to nothing about GlenWood, a boutique winery in Franschhoek, who’ve dedicated 10ha to regenerating the indigenous fynbos and only use environmentally friendly farming practices.

Tasted seriously on a Root Day according to the Biodynamic Calendar for the SH…whatever that means after you’ve burned your tongue!

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