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Overgaauw Merlot 2011

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Maiden vintage: 1982.
Maiden vintage: 1982.

Overgaauw, in the Van Velden family since 1906, is one of those rock-solid Stellenbosch properties – a source of wines understated in style and offering good quality relative to price year in and year out. The new releases have been given a packaging overhaul and very smart they look, too.

Overgaauw Chardonnay 2012 – Price: R84
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Citrus and an appealing biscuit-like undertone on the nose and palate. Not super-complex but classically styled – medium-bodied with bright acidity and a nice dry finish.

Overgaauw Merlot 2011 – Price: R103
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Red and black fruit and a hint of milk chocolate on the nose and palate. Not green nor overly ripe. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and oak well assimilated – nicely grippy on the finish.

Overgaauw Touriga Nacional 2012 – Price: R80
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Suitably exotic with plenty of ripe black fruit and spice. Sweet and juicy on entry, moderate acidity and somewhat coarse tannins but not unpleasantly so.

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