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Merlot

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750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

100% Merlot

Country:

South Africa

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Specifications:

13.78% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.0
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 to 15 yrs
Origin: Constantia Appellation: Constantia

Tasting Notes:

Our Merlot 2016 is a savoury offering. A fresh and vibrant nose shows subtle aromas of sweet red fruits such as wild strawberries and cherries, intermingled with dried fynbos, thyme and fresh rosemary. On the palate, this Merlot displays notes of aniseed, dark chocolate and black olives. Furthermore, it exudes an earthiness and velvety texture that is supported by an elegant tannin structure and focused acidity.

Fynbos
Fynbos

Red Cherry
Red Cherry

Strawberry
Strawberry

Thyme
Thyme

The philosophy is that the "wines are grown in the vineyard and then cared for in the winery". Special attention was therefore placed in obtaining the very best and latest known clones and matched to the correct soils and slopes. Environmentally considerate farming practices are employed as far as possible, with the help of non-toxic, natural formulas of pest control, and the employment of natural predators for help in keeping the grapes as healthy as possible.

Intensive suckering and crop reduction helps concentrate the fruit and ensure that the Merlot has good colour and distinctive character. The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23.5-25B.

After fermentation the juice was cold soaked at 10°C for 5 days and fermented on the skins for 7 – 10 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30°C. The wine was then transferred to a combination of 70% new, 20% 2nd and 10% 3rd fill French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation.

The Wine was left to mature for 20 months. It then underwent a light fining before bottling.

Food pairing

Enjoy paired with roast rack of lamb with rosemary.

Venison Beef Charcuterie Lamb
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