South Africa’s top Merlot in 2012 – the experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT Merlot from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – and how particularly outstanding these are, given the difficulty in producing top quality single-varietal Merlot as opposed to using it in blends. In fact, up to 15% of a so-called single-varietal wine can comprise a variety or varieties other than that which the wine is sold as…

Dieu Donné The Cross Collection 2008 – gold medal at Mondial

Eagles’ Nest 2008 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Eikendal 2009 – gold medal at Decanter Awards

Ernie Els 2010 – gold medal at Decanter Awards

Hartenberg CWG Auction Reserve Loam Hill 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Klein Tulbagh Reserve 2011 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

La Bri 2010 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

La Petite Ferme 2011 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Longridge 2008 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Lourensford 2011 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Marianne 2007 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Mon Reve Single Vineyard 2010 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Muratie Alberta Annemarie 2008 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Naledi 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

Nederburg Private Bin R181 2007 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Palesa 2011 – trophy at Michelangelo Awards

Spier Private Collection 2009 – gold medal at Mondial


For the prices of these wines and more Merlot recommendations, click here. For information about the various judging panels, click here.