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Journeys End Merlot 2016

R180.00

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 2020.

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Description

MERLOT 2016

W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

The 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 flavor profile of the wine. The Average yield is 10tons/ha. The grapes were picked at 24 balling, they were then stored overnight in the cold room before processed the next morning. They were hand sorted and destemmed but not crushed. The 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/punch down schedule to ensure soft tannins. 50% of the wine was naturally fermented. The malolactic fermentation was done in barrels and only the free run juice was used. Wine was oak matured for 16 months in 300L American and French oak barrels, of which 40% was matured in new barrels. After final blending the wine was then 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 2020.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 14%
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L
pH: 3.54
Residual Sugar: 3.8 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 2000 – 2001
HA planted 4.55ha
Average tonnage 7.5 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 strand
Harvest dates 01 – 05 March 2016
Vines per Ha 2583

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