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Stellenbosch Merlot

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R 110

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750 ml (Standard)

2018


Cultivar:

100% Merlot

Country:

South Africa

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Specifications:

14.00% alc vol Sugar g/l: 3.2
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 8 to 10 yrs+
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and wellrounded with fine grained tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now or will benefit from maturation in ideal cellar conditions.

Blackberry
Blackberry

Cassis
Cassis

Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate

Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus

Merlot has been a mainstay red grape variety on Rustenberg since the late 1970's where its lead role has been to complement Cabernet Sauvignon in blends. Rustenberg's Merlots tend to be bigger and bolder in body and are structured to have excellent aging potential, pairing well with red meat based dishes and rewarding decanting before being served.

This vintage was impacted by the fourth year of the ongoing drought in the region. The 2017 Winter was cold and dry, followed by a dry Spring and Summer, with bouts of unusual weather. A number of thunder storms resulted in a late onset of additional vigour in the vineyards. Unsettled weather and wind during flowering, along with a freak hail storm and low levels of soil moisture decreased yields by 20% to 50%. The harvest began closer to its average start date and the smaller berries and bunches yielded lower juice volumes per ton. The lower yields resulted in the wines showing excellent concentration and body, producing rich, robust reds and fruit forward, expressive whites and rosé.

Crushed and de-stemmed fruit, pumped over during ferment.

Aged 15 months in 20% new and 80% 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th fill French 225L barrels.

Food pairing

Pair with roast meat dishes.

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