“A lot of Merlot is too light,” says Murray Boustred, owner of Remhoogte in Stellenbosch. There is, however, nothing insubstantial about the property’s new Merlot-dominanted flagship red called Sir Thomas Cullinan (R200 a bottle).
From the 2010 vintage, the blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, to be precise, and comes in at a hefty 15.08% alcohol by volume. In the cellar, it was matured for 26 months in French oak, 30% new.
I found plums and red cherry plus a prominent vanilla note on the nose and palate. It’s rich, broad and smooth textured but bright acidity saves it from becoming too much like hard work.