Journeys End Merlot 2015

R165.00

Ruby, clear and bright. Blackcurrants and raspberries, a hint of violets, with the French oak very well matched to allow the fruit to shine. Shows nutmeg, vanilla, and white pepper perfume, and finishes with just enough grip to promise good cellaring potential. An elegant, polished wine, already drinking well. Best drunk now and until 2026.

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Description

MERLOT 2015

W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

Grapes were handpicked early in the morning from blocks 5 & 7. Block 7 is situated next to a Eucalyptus forest which has an influence on the flavour profile of the wine. Grapes were picked at 24 balling. The grapes were stored overnight in the cold room before processed the next morning. Grapes were hand sorted and destemmed but not crushed. Whole berries were cold soaked for 4 days before being inoculated. Fermentation took about 15 days at 18 – 28 ˚ C with a carefully planned pump over schedule to ensure desirable colour and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrels and only free run juice was used. Wine was oak matured for 18 months in 300L French oak barrels, of which 30% was matured in new barrels. After final blending the wine was only cross flowed before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Ruby, clear and bright. Blackcurrants and raspberries, a hint of violets, with the French oak very well matched to allow the fruit to shine. Shows nutmeg, vanilla, and white pepper perfume, and finishes with just enough grip to promise good cellaring potential. An elegant, polished wine, already drinking well. Best drunk now and until 2026.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.95 g/L
pH: 3.41
Residual Sugar: 3.37 g/L

Viticulture

Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Tukulu and Oakleaf
Clones MO343,348
Rootstock Richter 110, Ruggeri 140, 101-14
Planting date 1997 – 1998
HA planted 4.55ha
Average tonnage 8 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 strand
Harvest dates March 2015
Total Production 28 barrels

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