HALLO MERLOT

Celebrating the World's Most Fascinating Grape

 

WHY MERLOT?

Merlot is often seen as a perfect blending partner that brings a velvety softness to the final wine.

However, numerous examples exist worldwide of full-bodied wines with good colour, balanced tannins and the ability to age well.

With careful grape and wine production techniques it is known that Merlot has its place amongst the great wines of the world.


How to go about achieving these outcomes is the primary focus of this website and we aim to achieve this through the sharing of ideas and concepts that have proven to be successful in the field.

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ABOUT US

We really love Merlot and the prospects it brings to South Africa. 


We aim to promote and improve of wine made from the Merlot grape variety and provide a platform for acquiring existing and new knowledge and sharing it with members and producers through workshops and online dialogues.

Our hope is that through better knowledge and information sharing we can facilitate the improvement of both the image and quality of South African Merlot and Merlot-based blends.

The Merlot Forum also focuses on Merlot marketing, awareness and identifying valuable research that can contribute to making Merlot matter to more South Africans.

 

COMMITTEE

 
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DAWIE BOTHA

Chairperson

MEMBERS

AEB AFRICA

ALVI'S DRIFT

ANTONIJ RUPERT WYNE

ANCHOR YEAST

BOUTINOT

BOTHA KELDER

BEIN WINE

BEVERATECH

BOTTEGA FAMILY WINE PORTFOLIO

CLOS MALVERNE

CREATION WINES

DIEMERSDAL

DE GRENDEL

DURBANVILLE HILLS

EAGLES NEST

ENARTIS

FLEUR DU CAP

SYLVAIN GROUP

GLENELLY

GUARDIAN PEAK

RUSTENBURG FAMILY VINEYARDS

HIDDEN VALLEY WINES

JASON'S HILL

JORDAN

LAFFORT

LAIBACH

LONGRIDGE

MEERLUST

ORG DE RAC

OLDENBURG

OVERHEX WINES

NEDERBURG

RUPERT & ROTHSCHILD VIGNERONS

RICKETY BRIDGE

ROBERTSON WINERY

SHANNON VINEYARDS

SLANGHOEK CELLAR

SKILPADVLEI

THELEMA

VONDELING

VERGENOEGD LÖW

VILAFONTÉ

VILLIERA WINES

WINETECH

WINE MACHINERY GROUP

 

WINNING WINES

Hallo Merlot Top 10 Merlot Competition 2022

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Barrel Selection Merlot 2019

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Merlot 2019

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Merlot 2018

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Merlot 2019

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Merlot 2020

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Little Merlot 2019

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Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2019

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Merlot 2019

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Reserve Merlot 2020

 
 

TOP 10 MERLOT COMPETITION SPONSORS

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NEWS

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PAARL WINE REGION DOMINATES SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST TOP 10 MERLOT COMPETITION

Merlot wines from the Paarl region led the way in this year’s inaugural Hallo Merlot Top 10 Competition committed to honouring South Africa’s best wines made from the country’s most popular grape cultivar.

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HALLO MERLOT TOP 10 MERLOT COMPETITION SHOWS ASTUTE WINEMAKING AND KEEN VARIETAL EXPRESSION

Organisers of the first Hallo Merlot Top 10 Merlot Competition could not have wished for a judging panel more in synch with their opinion of the 71 entries judged on 31 May and 1 June 2022 at Vondeling Wine Estate just outside of Paarl.

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MERLOT FORUM ANNOUNCES SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST MERLOT TOP 10 COMPETITION

The first Merlot Top 10 Competition, organised by the South African Merlot Forum (also known as ‘Hallo Merlot’), is to be held this year and aims to highlight the exceptional quality of Cape Merlot and the commitment of the country’s top winemakers to this variety, as well as provide consumers more precise insights into the standard of wines made from the Merlot grape.

 

FAQS

You Ask, We Answer

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME A MEMBER?

An annual fee of R600 per entity (not individual) is required. This amount is charged every financial year, starting in February. If you decide to join us any other time of the year, a pro rata membership fee will be applicable.

WHAT ARE THE #HALLOMERLOT BENEFITS?

Hallo Merlot members include like-minded wine academics, estates and wineries, corporates and wine enthusiasts who believe in the prosperity of Merlot production in South Africa. Members receive VIP invitations to networking events, marketing exposure and the opportunity to participate in national conversations about Merlot development.

CAN I BECOME A MEMBER IF I DO NOT REPRESENT A WINE ENTITY?

We're working on it! For now, we are working to build our community of wine professionals and gain the support we need to sustain our not-for-profit platform. Follow us at @hallomerlot for updates or mail us at merlot@merlotforum.co.za

 

HALLO MERLOT SPONSORS

A Warm Thank You to Our Sponsors who Help Maintain this Project

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