Peacock Wild Ferment Merlot


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Peacock Wild Ferment Merlot

A dense and youthful colour with aromas of cassis, red cherry and lightly herbal notes. On the palate the wine is fresh and supple with upfront red berry fruit offset by fine tannins.

The grapes for Peacock Wild Ferment Merlot are sourced from the coolest, most coastal area of Stellenbosch, The Schapenberg. This is the home to many of South Africa’s finest Merlots. In this cooler, more windswept area the variety produces lower yields and has a longer ripening time, ensuring balanced flavours and elegant tannins in the finished wine. The Helderberg and Schapenberg are also known for the large expanses of indigenous flora (fynbos and proteas) and fauna such as caracal, bat eared foxes, leopards and of course, peacocks. In fact, four of South Africa’s twenty WWF Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champions (which includes Waterkloof amongest their number) are located on the Schapenberg and Helderberg alone. In addition to sourcing fruit from neighbouring vineyards, there is also a portion of wine from Waterkloof’s biodymamic vineyard used in the Peacock Wild Ferment range. Made by Waterkloof’s talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard. Balanced, low yielding vines from Schapenberg merlot vineyards are hand harvested. Grapes are de-stemmed, sorted and fermented spontaneously with wild yeast in open top wooden fermenters. Ageing takes place in old barrels before a light filtration and then bottling. No additons other than sulphur. Vegan friendly wine.

Perfect with beef stew, lamb cobbler and bobotie.

False Bay Vineyards is an independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay Vineyards aims to make ‘real’ wine affordable. These are sustainable certified wines bottled in South Africa and naturally crafted from mature and often old vineyards that, crucially, are naturally in balance. This means that, unusually at the price, the grapes from these coastal gems can be transformed into wine with wild yeast and an absolute minimum of intervention.

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Peacock Wild Ferment Merlot


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