Cathy Marshall, who counts time in Saint-Émilion as part of her work experience, has come up with a pretty smart Merlot in the form of her Peter’s Vision 2014. Grapes are sourced from Elgin property Shannon Vineyards, who make their own acclaimed Merlot under the Mount Bullet label. As for vinification, Marshall opted for particularly gentle extraction and maturation lasted 16 months in third- and fourth-fill barrels.
On the nose, plums and “fallen fruit” to use Marshall’s own description plus chocolate and a little earthiness. Much to her credit, she’s avoided anything particularly green. The palate is medium bodied and has the smooth texture that gives the variety its huge popularity. A small point of criticism is that appears a little hot on the finish but perhaps that’s what happens if the common failing of green-ness is to be avoided. Price: R320 a bottle.
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