Remhoogte Sir Thomas Cullinan 2010
By Melanie, 21 May 2013
“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.