Ridgeback Merlot 2021

I ntense aromatics of dark plum, mulberry and liquorice with a hint of mint. A generously juicy midpalate is well cradled by ripe tannin and lingering pepper wood spice on the long finish.

Key ingredients

Merlot 100%

Food Pairing

The bold structure of this Merlot ensures versatility and would pair well with a wide range of game, especially ostrich.

Experience the Essence: Indulge in Ridgeback Merlot 2021

Bottle Analysis

Wine of Origin: Paarl
Extract: 36.3 g/l
Number of Bottles: 10 731
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/l
TA:  6.0 g
pH: 3.76
Total SO2: 75 mg/l
Release: February 2024


  • The bunches were destemmed onto the sorting table ensuring the removal of all stalks and retaining a whole berry component of 30% in the fermenter.

  • The mash was then cold soaked overnight at 12 degrees Celsius.

  • Fermentation was done in open stainless-steel fermenters at 24-28 degrees Celsius using a commercial yeast strain specifically suited to the cultivar.

  • Pumpovers were done 3-4 times daily to extract flavour and tannins for structure.

  • The mash was pressed immediately after primary fermentation was completed to avoid harsh tannin extraction.

  • The wine was gravity fed to 225l French oak barrels after Malo-lactic fermentation.

  • Maturation in 29% new, 35% second fill and 36% third fill French oak barrels lasted for 17 months and the wine was then lightly filtered prior to bottling.