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2009 Guardian Peak Merlot, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Wine Notes

Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $12

Score: 85  
The Wine-Searcher score of 85/100 is based on the following wine critic score:
Critic Score
3.5/5  
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Awards
Award Organization Award Year Result
International Wine Challenge 2011 Commended

Price History for 2009 Guardian Peak Merlot, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Grape Variety

Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the southwest of France. It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world and, in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally, it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon.

In France, Merlot is the most widely planted red wine variety of all, and it is also extremely popular in northern Italy and the warmer areas of southern ...more


Region
  • Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous wine-producing region in South Africa. The town, in Western Cape's Coastal Region, is steeped in history and is home to the country’s best-known wine estates. Cabernet Sauvignon is the region’s most prized grape variety, often found with Merlot as part of a Bordeaux Blend.

    Stellenbosch is just 25 miles (40km) east of Cape Town. Simonsberg Mountain in the north separates it from Paarl, while the Hottentot Hollands Mountain range on the eastern side separates it from ...more

  • The Coastal Region is a significant wine-producing area in the Western Cape that forms the heart of the South African wine industry. Stretching from Darling in the north to Cape Point and Constantia in the south, and to Stellenbosch and Paarl in the east, it accounts for nearly half of all the area under vine in South Africa.

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