2022 Cape Heights Merlot

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2022 Cape Heights Merlot

A bright, supple and juicy Merlot sourced from long-established Western Cape vineyards.

Tasting Notes


An attractively ripe, red berry nose.


A rounded spicy palate with generous plum and hedgerow fruit flavours leading to a fresh, gently spicy finish.

2022 Cape Heights Merlot


Merlot grapes are sourced from long-standing vineyards on the Swartland/Wellington borders and also the Breede River Valley. Low rainfall, warm weather, mainly decomposed granite soils, and low trellised vines all add really interesting complexity to the final wine. Grapes are picked in mid-March, destemmed and placed in open-top fermenters. Pigeage is carried out four times daily (whilst up to half of the sugar is fermented), then only twice daily to the end of fermentation - this is a soft delicate way of wetting the cap and aerating the wine. Malolactic fermentation follows before the wine is left on its lees to extract extra depth and soft tannins. A touch of elegance is achieved by using a modest amount (10%) of oak.


Boutinot South Africa is driven by our passion for discovery and desire to capture the real essence of South Africa in every bottle. It was the simple love of Loire Chenin Blanc that first led us to South Africa in 1994, where we pioneered the wild ferment style that has now been adopted by many producers in this region.

Since then we have been exploring the country's amazing vineyards to make fabulous wines from specific sites and plots that scream location, location, and terroir. Our home-grown South African winemaking team of JD Rossouw and Ryno Booysen drive the energy and enthusiasm for expressing the loveliest wines from their country, along with Samantha Bailey's expertise in finesse. The key is knowing the characteristics of each plot, understanding the benefits each cultivar can bring, breaking rules, and pushing boundaries. We use a combination of knowledge, a love of nature, and science to create versatile, expressive, and food-friendly wines from a country that has been making wine for 360 years. 


Year 2022
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Merlot
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Type Red Wine
Dietary Information Vegan and Vegetarian
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Grilled lamb, pasta with a tomato-based sauce, chorizo and butterbean stew, spicy sausages and mash.
Origin Swartland / Breede Valley, Western Cape