Appearance: Bright Ruby Red
Aroma: The red fruits and herbaceous aromas excite the nose on the first impression, followed by secondary aromas of tobacco, fresh cherries and a slight hint of leather.
Palate: The fresh, ripe red fruit flavours of strawberries and red currents are supported by soft, discreet tannins which create a well-balanced, elegant Merlot with a round, juicy finish. This wine shows wonderful structure for a wine best consumed at a young age.
Grape Varieties: Merlot 100%
Origin: Western Cape
Winemaker: Roelof Lotriet
Alcohol: 14.25 vol%
Acidity: 5.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 4.9 g/l
Terroir-driven wines selected from vineyards ranging from Mediterranean climates in Stellenbosch (rainfall ± 600mm per annum) to more arid coastal regions (rainfall + 200mm per annum). Drip irrigation used in drier areas to optimally control vineyard produce.
A diverse composition of soil and topography add complexity and an array of different characteristics to the wine.
VINIFICATION & STYLE
The wine is fermented at 28°C in a combination of open (punch down) and closed fermentors (pump over) for 7 to 14 days. Punch downs and pump overs occurred 5 times a day. Maturation occurred in 2nd and 3rd fill 300 liter French and American oak for 10 months