Leopard’s Leap releases its 2009 Merlot

Date posted:
May 26, 2011

Only three years after its initial release, the Leopard’s Leap Merlot has already become one of the estate’s best liked. Enjoyed by consumers worldwide, the release of the highly anticipated Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2009 will certainly be met with very high expectations. 


The grapes for this medium-bodied fruity wine were selected from the Darling, Swartland and Franschhoek regions and fermentation was standard with selective yeast accompanied by pump-overs and punch-downs at optimum temperatures.


Forty percent of wine was matured in 225-litre European oak barrels for a period of 12 months, while the balance was oak starved for six months. The wine shows aromas of wild mushroom on the nose, predominant dark berry fruit flavours intertwined with notes of chocolate and a lingering cedar wood finish.


“We are very proud of the Leopard’s Leap Merlot and the response from the market in a very short three-year period” says Leopard’s Leap CEO, Hein Koegelenberg. “We also have no doubt that the Merlot 2009 will be equally as pleasing to the palate as the previous vintage.”


Known for its affordable, yet superb quality, Leopard’s Leap is a global brand and is now sold in over 40 countries worldwide. On the local front, it is widely known for its support in the efforts to protect the Cape Mountain Leopard and sponsorships of the literary community in South Africa.


For more information on Leopard’s Leap, please visit www.leopards-leap.com.



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