Merlot 2016

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Category: Product ID: 1491

Description

Why wouldn’t you want a plush fruited, smooth, very versatile & consistent red wine? Well, our sentiments exactly, so keeping this in mind, Merlot fits the bill to a T and in the harsh Karoo climes it offers us the opportunity to craft a buxom, fruit forward, smooth dry red wine – which with a few years cellaring gets even better.

Fruit for this wine originates from a selection of Merlot blocks ranging in age from a youthful 5 to spirited 15 years or older, harvested by hand in the cool of the morning and fermented in temperature controlled open top cement ferementers – called kuipe in Afrikaans or lagars in Portugal – which manual punch downs to gently coax optimum flavour and colour extraction from the grape skins, while maintaining aromatics and allowing unwanted phenols to blow-off.

The wine is barrel matured utilising oak alternatives, with a portion spending 10 months in a 4th fill French oak barrels, prior to bottling with a light filtration. Hand-harvested in the cool of the morning, crushed and fermented in open top cement fermenters (lagars) with manual pigeage to coax optimum flavours and colour from the fruit; matured using oak alternatives, as well as a portion matured in old French oak barrels, and lightly filtered at bottling.

TASTING NOTES:

This fruit forward, medium bodied Merlot greats the taster with ripe plum, bright red cherry, hints of bramble jam, subtle spice, vanilla and an undercurrent of fynbos – while the soft tannins and mild acidity make for an appealing glass of honest red wine.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

A perfect partner to hearty country cuisine – winter vegetable soup, springbok pie with puff pastry, bobotie or a beef casserole; fine mature cheese and charcuterie or simply enjoyed around the braai with friend and family or on a Tuesday evening in front of the telly with spaghetti bolognaise. In warmer climes this wine can be enjoyed lightly chilled

Additional information

Vintage

2016

Cultivars

Merlot (100%)

Residual Sugar

4.1 g/l

PH

3.62

Total Acid

5.4 g/l

Alcohol Percentage

13.64 %

Maturation Potential

Drink now through 2018

Wood Aging

10 months in old French Oak barrels

Awards

None

Wine of Origin

Calitzdorp

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