Swartland Merlot 2009

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Merlot 100%
Analysis: Alc: 14.63% | R.S: 2.3g/l | T.A: 6.7g/l | Ph: 3.56

Awards & accolades

  • Bronze medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2011
  • 87 points – Robert Parker
  • Silver medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011
  • 3 stars – Platter 2011

Tasting notes

An intense individual wine brimming with flavours of velvety ripe plum, chocolate and violets with a silky mid palate and a long finish.

Food suggestions

This aromatic and individual wine needs inventive food to pair with.  Get out your favourite cook book and find an exotic lamb or duck dish to prepare.

The vineyard

Merlot grapes were sourced from Kasteelsig, a well known organically farmed, dry land vineyard in Malmsbury, owned by Painted Wolf pack members Billy and Penny Hughes. Yields are approximately 6.5 tonnes to the hectare.


The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the cellar in Stellenbosch where they were destalked and gently crushed.  The wine fermented in small open bins and was hand punched 4 times a day.  Some bins were fermented with natural yeasts, whilst others a number of commercial yeast strains. When the wine was totally dry, we pressed the wine into a mixture of new and used French, American and European oak barrels where the wine has undergone malolactic fermentation.  Approximately 20% of the wood is new.  The wine has spent 15 months in barrels and was bottled in September 2010 with natural cork,

Ageing potential

This wine will improve with some bottle age and should peak around 2014 to 2015.