Meerlust Merlot Red Wine Stellenbosch South AfricaMeerlust Merlot Red Wine Stellenbosch South Africa

Meerlust, Merlot 2017

A blend of 87.5% Merlot with 8% Cabernet Franc, for structure and acidity, and 4.5% Petit Verdot for a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.

The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality.

There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine.

93pts | Platter's

£22.00

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Stellenbosch

Merlot

LightFull Bodied

Description

IN THE VINEYARD
Selected from vineyards of 27 year old Estate-grown Merlot plantings situated on well drained yet clay-rich Oak leaf, Vilafontes and Klapmuts soil. 30% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even-ripening. Leaves around the bunches were removed 3 weeks before harvesting to ensure physiological ripeness of the berries.

Grapes were hand-picked and selected before crushing.

IN THE CELLAR
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with daily remontage for gentle extraction. A portion of the wine was given extended maceration on the skins before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300 litre French oak Hogsheads.

Maturation in 54% new French oak, 46% second fill for 17 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2017 is a blend of 87,5% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 4,5% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.

Additional information

Wine Farm

Alcohol vol

14%

Grape

Merlot

Vintage

2017

Red meat, game and strong cheese.

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