Introducing the wine that clinched Clayton Reabow the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2018 ... Mercator 2017.
“Mercator: a Burgundian-inspired approach to blending.”
The Clonal Debate
Each varietal of wine (Chardonnay, Cabernet etc) is further divided into clones.
Each clone contributes its unique palate (taste) and nose (smell) profile to a wine. Floral, fruity, citrusy … the list goes on and on.
A clonal blending approach means that we select certain clones as our ingredients in the final blend of Mercator. The ratio of each clone used, in the Mercator blend, is vintage specific. This is because each vintage results in slightly different core quantities of each blend change from year to year. Ultimate influenced by our greatest driver – producing the best Mercator that vintage could possibly produce.
Cork Closures: The Future is ND Tech
We’ve long been proponents of the cork. In our humble opinion no other bottle closure affords wine the same format/elegant opportunity to age.
A few years back we began our cork uplifted programme with the move to unbleached corks. This was to ensure that there was absolutely no chemical residue on our corks. Making sure that no outside factor, no matter how miniscule could possibly impact on the wines flavour.
While the move to unbleached corks solved that problem it did not eliminate the single biggest issue with a cork closure: CORKAGE.
/Enter the ND Tech cork/
Each ND Tech cork has undergone individual laboratory testing for TCA – the bacteria that causes corkage.
This rigorous testing completely eliminates any chance of corkage taking place.
This individual testing, while costly for us, is our guarantee to the customer: No bottle of Mercator, under ND Tech cork, will or can-ever-be corked.