2017 NO SULPHUR MERLOT, Jordan. Stellenbosch, South Africa
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Area: Gary and Kathy Jordan run an immaculate 150 hectare vineyard in a stunning location overlooking both the Stellenbosch vineyards and Cape Town. If you are ever in the area you must go! Excellent restaurant too. The large vineyard area means they have different sites suitable for different varieties.
Grape Variety: 100% Merlot, kept in steel tank (to minimise any oxidation) with oak staves, for 10 months. No sulphur added at any point.
Producer: Gary and Kathy are the modern face of South Africa, making clean, elegant, genuinely 'fine' wines. Gary's father bought the farm in 1982 and the cellar was built in 1992 with the first vintage the following year.
Old Bridge Rating: Great to find a 'natural' wine that is affordable and drinkable. The best examples are normally scarily expensive. This is simple and robust, but does have a lively, bright, 'natural' feel.
£12.50 per bottle
£11.88 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£11.25 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles