Merlot 2012

This Merlot has a bright garnet colour. The nose is a fruit bomb of cherries and red plums with underlying aromas of dried mushrooms. A juicy and elegant entry with soft integrated tannins. Hints of thyme and red plums on the palate.

Winemakers Notes

These grapes were hand-picked from the Estate at in the first week of March. Yields were kept low: 6 tons/ha

The Harvest

Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and the wine was then aged for 19 months in predominantly 300Lt French oak barrels. The new wood component is 15%

In the Cellar

100% Merlot

Blend Information

Botanical Sketch

Alcohol
pH

14.31%
2.8

RS
Total Acid

3.58 g/l
5.23 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)

Awards

Winemakers’ Choice Awards 2014 - Diamond

Previous Vintages

Current Vintage

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