Cape Winemakers Guild

Villiera Drip Barrel Merlot 2012

Ripe Merlot was partially crushed and fermented in a pump-over container to maintain the integrity of the skins. We were only interested in the drip barrels. This is the fermenting wine that drips out of the berries under the weight of the skins after drawing off. It is the heart of the wine. The juice is dark, clear, beautifully balanced and intense. The fermentation and malolactic fermentation completed in the French barrels and after 18 months of maturation, it was bottled. Tasting Notes: Intensely aromatic with forthcoming berry fruit and hints of chocolate, spice and vanilla. It is well-balanced with a velvety texture but with enough grip to ensure good length. The complexity will ensure that this wine should keep for up to 10 years.

Winemaker: Jeff Grier

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 600.00
  • Lowest: R 4 200.00
  • Average: R 4 320.00


  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 70
  • Cases Auctioned 50


  • Alc: 13.62 vol%
  • RS: 2.50 g/l
  • TA: 4.80 g/l
  • pH: 3.74

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