Vondeling Petit Rouge 2018
|Style||Soft, fruity and everyday drinking|
|Food||Can be enjoyed at many levels, but goes exceptionally well with a traditional South African braai of wors and chops. Alternatively try a winter dish of slow-roasted, marrow- enriched oxtail casserole with fresh farm-style bread.|
|Awards||2018 Platter - 3 Stars, 2018 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 88/100|
The Merlot vineyards used for this blend are planted in a combination of well-weathered granite soils and beautiful “koffie klip” (shale) slopes. The Merlot vineyards are planted exclusively on granite-derived, South-West facing slopes.
The grapes were picked at approximately 24°B, with vibrant flavours of ripe, red fruits. Hand picking, under the watchful eye of the winemaker, ensures that only the finest fruit is delivered to the cellar.
The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed and whole berry fermentation at cool temperatures is practiced, to ensure a broad spectrum of bright fruit and spiciness without heavy tannin extraction.
After fermentation the wine is transferred to old 300Lt French oak barrels and the skins are pressed. Malo-lactic fermentation takes place in barrel after which the wines are racked the batches are blended and the wine prepared to be bottled.
Vondeling Petit Rouge Merlot 2017
2018 Platter - 3 Stars
2018 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 88/100
Vondeling Petit Rouge 2015
2016 John Platter Wine Guide - 3.5 Stars (the Hidden Gem)
2016 Gold Wine Awards (Gold)
2016 Veritas Awards (Silver)
Vondeling Petit Rouge 2014
2016 Platter - 3 Stars
2015 Gold Wine Awards
2015 Vitis Vinifera - Gold