It’s time once again for Wine of the Month Club! I have sampled some delicious wines over the past few months and now I’m back, ready to introduce you to my favourite wine for December 2018, Carrol Boyes 2016 Sketchbook Merlot. Yes sure, you could wait until winter to enjoy this deliciously rich wine, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a good glass of red with your festive season feast too! This wine lends itself beautifully to hearty, Christmas dishes like ham, gammon, and even turkey, which is why it’s my pick for Wine of the Month Club this December.

Deliciously rich and concentrated, this complex red wine boasts a variety of light notes with aromatic layers of black cherry, coconut, chocolate, clove, and cinnamon. The wine finishes strong with flavours of cherry and plum accompanied by light oak toffee notes. This merlot’s deep structure and firmer, finer-grained tannins offer up excellent ageing potential for wine collectors looking for something extra special.

The Carrol Boyes 2016 Sketchbook Merlot forms part of the 2016 Sketchbook collection, a critically acclaimed, limited-edition portfolio of wines from Carrol Boyes Wines, making it a great choice for a special gift for a friend, family member, or client this festive season.

The perfect companion to meaty and vegetarian dishes this wine pairs well with charcuterie platters, hearty pasta dishes, Mediterranean vegetables, or any other vegetarian-inspired meals.

The Carrol Boyes 2016 Sketchbook Merlot is only available at Carrol Boyes Somerset and Canal Walk Stores and online from the Carrol Boyes website at R155 per bottle.

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