Merlot 2008

The wine displays an intense brick red colour. The nose shows ripe red berry compote, plums, raspberries and fresh prunes, layered with dried herbs. Supple berry fruit, great structure, firm but harmonious tannins. Decanting when young will give more pleasure and aroma.

Winemakers Notes

Grapes were hand-picked from the Estate at 24° B. Yields were kept low: 6 tons/ha.

The Harvest

Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and the wine was then aged for 24 months in French oak. The new wood component was 60%.

In the Cellar

100% Merlot

Blend Information

Botanical Sketch

Alcohol
pH

13.5%
3.66

RS
Total Acid

2.2 g/l
5.3 g/l

Each of our wines is linked to a specific flower – the characteristics of the wine are symbolized by that particular flower on the label.

An extremely beautiful and elegant, pink flower that occurs naturally around the Cape. The cultivar Merlot is also seen as being an elegant, refined and feminine wine. The common name belladonna originates from its historic use by women - drops prepared from the Belladonna plant were used to dilate women's pupils, an effect considered attractive.

Amaryllis belladonna (March Lily)

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