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Plaisir de Merle

Paarl (South Africa)


Wines Reviewed: 4
Average Score:

Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Chardonnay 2001 Chardonnay 2001
Merlot 1999 Merlot 1999
Sauvignon Blanc 2002 Sauvignon Blanc 2002



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Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

(Paarl)
Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Paarl) The visive evaluation shows a beautiful and intense ruby red color, very firm, little transparency. The nose reveals a set of intense aromas, very rich and of good personality. The main perceptions are of black cherry, blueberry jam, plum jam and blueberry followed by aromas of licorice, leather and vanilla with pleasing hints of mushrooms and rosemary. In the mouth is very elegant, clean and refined, with soft and pleasing tannins, excellent balance and body, and alcohol is well balanced with the rest. Excellent correspondence to the nose, intense and agreeable. Wine's finish is persistent with pleasing and clean flavors of blueberry, black cherry and plum jam. A well made wine that can give better satisfactions with more aging. This wine is fermented in steel containers and it is aged in barrique for about 10-16 months.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Braised meat, Stewed meat, Broiled meat and barbecue, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

Issue 4, January 2003



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Chardonnay 2001, Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

Chardonnay 2001

Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

(Paarl)
Chardonnay
White Wine White Wine Score:

(Paarl) The wine shows a straw yellow color, very transparent. The nose is elegant and shows personality. Aromas of wood, although are clearly perceivable, are not intrusive and do not cover other aromas. In this wine can be perceived good aromas of citrus fruits, banana, honey, pear, pink grapefruit and hints of toasty aromas and vanilla. The mouth reveals intense flavors, elegant and agreeable with good correspondence to the nose. The wine is also crisp and balanced, also thanks to alcohol, and has good body. Finish is persistent with flavors of vanilla, honey, pear and hints of citrus fruits. 90% of this wine is fermented and aged in barrique whereas the remaining part is fermented and refined in non wood containers.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted white meat, Roasted fish, Pasta with rich sauces

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 11 °C
(51 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

Issue 4, January 2003



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Merlot 1999, Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

Merlot 1999

Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

(Paarl)
Merlot
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Paarl) The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals, besides fruit aromas, a very pleasing hint of sage as well as aromas of black cherry, blueberry and vanilla and hints of menthol. The flavor of sage is also found in the mouth as well as flavors of fruit. The wine is intense, good balanced between tannins and alcohol, and has good body. Wood flavors is balanced and not intrusive. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of black cherry, blueberry and hints of sage. This wine is produced with fermentation in steel tanks and a maceration of skins for 5 days followed by a 12 month aging in barrique.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

November 2002



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Sauvignon Blanc 2002, Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Plaisir de Merle (South Africa)

(Paarl)
Sauvignon Blanc
White Wine White Wine Score:

(Paarl) The wine shows a greenish yellow color, very transparent. Wine's aromas are very delicate and refined and show good personality. There can be perceived intense and good aromas of pineapple, banana, lemon, pear, peach and elder-tree. The attack in the mouth is pretty crisp, a characteristic that tends to be always present in mouth, however it is balanced thanks to alcohol. Wine's finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of pineapple and pear followed by hints of crispness. This wine is fermented is steel containers and it is allowed to stay on its yeasts for three months.

Alcohol: 13%

Aperitif, Appetizers, Pasta and risotto with fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

Issue 4, January 2003


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