Plaisir de Merle 2016 Petit Plaisir

I am not one to usually tout a lot of South African wine, they have gone off the reservation with their coffee-style wines (and as a tea drinker I can’t get behind that) – but seriously, South African wines to me often have a dirty, burnt truck tire, asphalt, barnyard and other funk notes within them, the reds far more than the whites. But when I find one that makes me cock my head and go “I like that” it’s time to tell you about it. This is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged one year to sixteen months in a mix of French and American oak. The name means little pleasure and that’s exactly what it delivers: spice and mocha lead things off, then some cherry fruit comes into play, a touch of earth but then it ends with a spicy finish that weaves smoked-plum into the mix.  This one is an easy recommend for both its flavour profile and its price.  Rating: ****

Red Blend
South Africa
at the winery & the LCBO

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