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Kweekskool Merlot

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750 ml (Standard)

2017


Cultivar:

100% Merlot

Country:

South Africa

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Specifications:

14.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: 3.5
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 5 yrs
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

The Kweekskool is somewhat regal in the great 2017 vintage. It has a pitch black core and purple edge. Notes of spear mint and vanilla waft over lush red berry fruit and hints of capsicum. The palate is intense and powerful, nicely integrated with creamy oak. Waves of juicy fruit are wound together by a fresh acidity and satin-soft tannins. Black berries and a hint of dried coriander line the sweetly fruited, delectable finish. Irresistible now, it has the depth and concentration for at least 5 years further aging.

Blackberry
Blackberry

Mint
Mint

Vanilla
Vanilla

Coriander
Coriander

Prior to becoming the Theological Seminary, the building after which this wine is named was used for hosting visiting dignitaries, governors and high commissioners, as well as a court of law when trials were heard. Built in 1687, and remodeled over the years to its present form in 1905, the “Kweekskool” was effectively the start of higher education in Stellenbosch when it was inaugurated as the Theological Seminary in 1859.

The grapes were selected from various vineyards that are located in the Stellenbosch region, specifically from Devon Valley. The main soils types associated with these selected vineyards are Decomposed Granite, Tukulu, Clovelly, and Hutton. The different soil types and climatic conditions allow for warmer fruit flavors, as well as adding complexity to the wine.

Fermentation was completed in open-top stainless-steel fermenter using cultivated yeasts (FX 10 & WE 372). During fermentation, both punch-downs and pump-overrs were performed 4 times daily to ensure balanced extraction of colour, flavour, structure and aromatics. After fermentation was completed, the wine was macerated on the skins for a further 14 days.

Malolactic fermentation was completed in French Oak barrels then racked off the lees for further aging. The wine was matured in French oak for 12 months 100% seasoned oak (No new oak). The individual parcels of Merlot were vinified separately and blended before bottling.

Food pairing

Beef tagliata, arugula and Trevisana salad.

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