2008 Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon


I constantly search for good South African wines.  Recently I had tried and blogged about the 2007 Grand Plaisir Red Wine.  I enjoyed that wine so I assumed I would enjoy the 2008 Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon just as much.  Unfortunately, I was left underwhelmed wanting more from the bottle.  With that said I will keep trying wines from South Africa.  As one kid said we cannot be A+ students all of the time.


Medium color depth and a ruby hue.


Moderate aromas of red fruit, oak, and smoke.

Dry, full-bodied and balanced acidity.  Slight astringent mouth feel with a long lingering oak finish.

ABV: 14%

How much: $18.00

Region/Appellation:   South Africa, Paarl.

I rated the 2008 Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon two glasses.  I felt slightly underwhelmed with the Cabernet from South Africa.  Recently writing about the 2007 Grand Plaisir Red Wine, I had higher expectations with this one.  I’m not giving up on South Africa wines.  As I say keep saying…

Life is too short to drink crappy wine.  Expand your palate and keep trying.

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