limited stock De Trafford

Merlot

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R 280

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750 ml (Standard)

2014


Cultivar:

100% Merlot

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

4.5 Stars - Platter's 95 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

15.01% alc vol Sugar g/l: 1.5
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 9 yrs
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

Attractive bright red colour. VIbrant red berry with refined cut grass, violets and subtle oak nose. The palate is medium bodied with lovely fine dry tannins and a refreshing, long finish.

Raspberry
Raspberry

Violets
Violets

Cut Grass
Cut Grass

Oak
Oak

1st block 20 year old vines on vertical trellis. Mix of clones on R110 & R99 rootstocks. 'Mont Fleur' vineyard - high altitude mountain slope. Soil deep red Hutton, decomposed granite. Yield 4 tons/hect. (27hl/ha). 2nd block 11 year old vines on vertical trellis. Clone MO 343 on 101-14 rootstock. New addition to ‘Mont Fleur’ vineyard – similar soil. Yield 5 tons/ha (33hl/ha) 3rd block 8 year old vines on vertical trellis. Clone MO348 on 101-14 rootstock. “Keermont” vineyard – high altitude mountain slope. Soil similar to Mont Fleur, heavier clay component. Yield 5 ton/ha. (33hl/ha) 4th block 31 year old vines on vertical trellis. Various clones in original mixed block planted below Mont Fleur Conference Venue. Alluvial soil. Yield 5 tons/ha (33hl/ha).

A very good, cold wet winter ensured the soil moisture supply was filled and we had even bud burst. We had cool, wet weather at the beginning of the growing season resulting in a slow start and moderate, healthy growth. High rainfall in November and January meant there was no need for any irrigation. Fungal disease pressure was high in November/December, but well timed contact sprays kept the vines healthy. Bunch and berry size was a little larger than usual dye to the higher rain and less wind than usual. This resulted in a little less concentrated, more delicate, refreshing style. Moderate temperatures and no rain over harvest meant the development of attractive fresh fruity characters.

Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. 30°C with the cap of skins punched down manually 1-2 times a day for 10 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.

Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 30% new French oak. Time in barrel 23 months, which included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.

Food pairing

Ideal with lamb and other moderately rich red meat dishes, as well as rich baked pasta.

Venison Veal Lamb Charcuterie
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