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Merlot 2016

Region : Stellenbosch
Vintage : 2016
Grape : Merlot
Color : Red
Degree of alcohol : 14.5%

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Merlot 2016

Merlot 2016



A difficult and challenging vintage. Winter started late, but we had enough cold to ensure good
budbreak in spring. We had below average winter rain, but a good normal spring. An early hot
summer with several heatwaves throughout the season meant lower growth and a smaller crop with
small berries. The little bit of supplementary water we could apply (sooner than ever before) went a
long way to help keep quality high. Harvest was our earliest ever, starting more than a week early.
The hot weather and particularly warm evenings meant acidity was low and we had to pick earlier
than usual.

Lovely deep, bright red colour.
Clove and cinnamon, black cherry, red berry and plum on the nose
Bright fruit on the palate with fine supple tannin. Nice balance of fruit and spice aspects follow
through to a long finish.
Drink now to 2030
Ideal with lamb and other red meat dishes as well as a baked pasta.

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 1-3 times a day for 10 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with
single pressing from traditional basket press.
Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 35% new French oak. Time in barrel 19 months, which
included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.
The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand on the property.
Bottling date: 11/8/17
Production: 313 x 12 x 750ml

Varietal Composition: Merlot 100%

Bottle Size:   750ml
Alcohol:   14,69%
Acidity:   5,5 g/l
pH:   3,59
RS: 2,0


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