MERLOT 2013

Origin:

Voor Paardeberg

Harvest:

February by hand

Blend information:

100% Merlot from our vineyards.

Climate:

Mediterranean climate with moderate summers and cold, rainy winters. Rainfall of approximately 600 – 800 mm annually.

Soil:

Gravelly, well-drained soils, as well as Perderberg mountain sandstone.

Vinification:

Grapes were harvested at an optimum ripeness of 24° B, inoculated with a pure yeast strain and fermented on the skins until dry. After alcoholic fermentation was completed, malolactic fermentation took place before the wine was matured in steel tanks. Bottled in 2015.

Serving suggestions:

A wine for classic roasts, great steaks and venison and soft, creamy cheeses.

Tasting notes:

This is a supple, elegant and very appealing wine with the tannins well integrated, but prominent enough to need a year or two longer to show off the ripe, fleshy black-cherry, chocolate shadings to their best advantage.

Ageing potential:

Ready for immediate enjoyment but will mature well for up to three years.

Ideal served at:

18 – 19° C

Producer comment:

Passion, love and respect for the African terroir. Merlot, an international grape which has the gift of elegance and balance, embraces this land
with all of its contradictions and greatness. A simple vinification that preserves the taste of the fruit that the grapevine proffers. It provides
sensations of ripe prunes and wild berries that are elated by a light presence of spices. You will be amazed at how your soul is able to sense
the heat of the African sun.