The Copper Crew, Merlot, Western Cape, South Africa, 2018
(at London, 05 Jul 2021)
Drinking Window: 2021 - 2022
The best of the three cans made by Sam Lambson and Minimalist Wines. The can says Western Cape, but Copper Crew says the fruit (87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot) comes from Elgin. The Merlot ages 24 months in barriques which gives good structure, smoky, toasted spice and chocolatey tannins to support intense plum and blackberry flavours alongside cranberry acidity. You'd be very happy with this at a barbeque or festival.