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Merlot

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750 ml (Standard)


Cultivar:

89% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

4.5 Stars - Platter's

Specifications:

13.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.3
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 12 years
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark fruit on the nose, mulberry and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice. The full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety.

Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate

Mulberry
Mulberry

Plum
Plum

Spices
Spices

Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument. 

Selected from vineyards of 22 year old Estate-grown Merlot plantings situated on well drained yet clay-rich Oak leaf, Vilafontes and Klapmuts soil. 40% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even-ripening.

Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with partial un-inoculated fermentation. Daily remontage for gentle extraction. A portion of the wine was given extended maceration on the skins for two weeks before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300 litre French oak Hogsheads. Maturation in 60% new Nevers French oak, 40% second fill Nevers for 18 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2012 is a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc for structure, acidity and perfume.

Food pairing

Red meats, game and strong cheeses.

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