This Merlot has a rich garnet colour. The nose is a complex mix of black cherries, nutmeg and cedar oak. A juicy and elegant entry with soft integrated tannins. Hints of dried mushrooms on the palate.
These grapes were hand-picked from the Estate at in the first week of March. Yields were kept low: 6 tons/ha
Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and the wine was then aged for 23 months in predominantly 300Lt French oak barrels. The new wood component is 22%
In the Cellar
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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