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Backsberg Merlot 2014 Wine Review

Backsberg Merlot 2014

Backsberg Merlot 2014

Paarl, South Africa

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $20.20

Drink: 2015-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Backsberg

Agent: Halpern Enterprises

Natalie's Score: 88/100

This certified Kosher Mevushal Merlot offers attractive black plums aromas on the nose and palate. Finishes with dark spice and black raspberry. Polished tannins and medium-bodied. Backsberg has been making wine for more than 90 years and owner Simon Back is the fourth generation of the family to own this winery that is certified carbon neutral. Pair with brisket.

This Backsberg Merlot 2014 was reviewed on October 30, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Bill Wright Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

At one sitting tasted the 2013 & 2014. I was disappointed with both getting aromas and flavours of alcohol and poor balance. Both are lovely to look at deep garnet and long, slow legs. Just put them aside for a bit. They opened amazingly. Both medium-bodied with aromas and tastes of black fruits. This wine absolutely has to be decanted. It surprises pleasantly after decanting but an aerator didn’t seem to make much difference.
The 2014 opens to earthy and smells of a raw, well peppered roast. Hints of oak and spice as well. Medium tart finish.

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