Merlot Shiraz 2015
A fantastic blend of 69% merlot and 31% shiraz. Sweet plums and blackcurrants from the merlot and cherries and spice from the shiraz. A wine that is very accessible and smooth with fruity flavours lingering on the palate. This red blend is a must with every braai, but also suited to rich game dishes.
|Alcohol 14.5 % vol||Sugar 3.3 g/l|
|TA 5.6 g/l||pH 3.68|
- Stephen Tanzer - USA '17: 89 points - 2015 vintage
- Wine Spectator Review '16: 87 points - 2013 vintage
- Platter's SA Wine Guide '16: 3.5 stars - 2013 vintage
- Ultra Value Wine Challenge '15: Silver - 2013 vintage
- Stephen Tanzer '15: 87 points - 2013 vintage
- Platter's SA Wine Guide '15: 3.5 stars - 2012 vintage
- Platter's SA Wine Guide '14: 3.5 stars - 2011 vintage
- Veritas '13: Silver - 2011 vintage
- Wine Spectator '13: 88 points - 2010 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION
Soil types: Sandstone, Glenrosa, Slate and Hutton
Age of vines: 12 - 18 years
Vineyard area: 7.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: 6 wire extended Perold
Clone: MO3 and SH22 on R99
Harvest date: 25 February - 23 March 2015
Degree balling at harvest: 25ºB merlot, 26°B shiraz
Vinification: Cold soaking of each cultivar for 3 days, inoculate with yeast, pump overs every 6 hours, maximum temperature of 28°C; Each variety barrel matured separately - 3rd fill 60%, 4th fill 40% barrels, 14 months in oak, barrels used are 225l medium toast, tight and medium grain oak, blending done after barrel maturation, 64% merlot, 46% shiraz
Optimum drinking time: Drink now, or keep up to 4 years
More of Our Wines
CederbergThe Cederberg range is Cederberg Private Cellar’s focus range. At present there are 66 ha under vine and the red to white wine ratio is 50:50. The following cultivars are cultivated on the farm: Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc, Bukettraube, Cabernet sauvignon and Shiraz, Chardonnay (for the MCC Blanc de Blancs Brut), Viognier (as a blending component) and Merlot (for the Merlot Shiraz blend). At 1 036 m above sea level the terrain is harsh, leading to small but high-yielding bunches with a lot of concentration. Soil types are diverse, from sandstone and decomposed gravel to red slate and clay. Thanks to extensive replanting, the isolated area and extreme winters, the vineyards are virus and disease free. Sustainable vineyard practices are used on the farm and irrigation water comes from mountain springs.
Five GenerationsThe Five Generations range is Cederberg Private Cellar’s flagship range. The Nieuwoudt family started farming on Dwarsrivier farm in 1893 and winemaker David Nieuwoudt is the fifth generation Nieuwoudt on the farm. The first wine-grape vineyards were planted in 1973 by David’s grandfather, Oom Pollie Nieuwoudt. Oom Pollie made the first Cederberg wine in 1977 and was known for his Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1997 David took over from his uncle, Flippie Nieuwoudt. The two flagship wines, the Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon and the Five Generations Chenin Blanc, are made from single vineyards. The top barrels are selected and a limited quantity of each wine is released every year.
Cape Winemakers GuildCederberg Private Cellar’s winemaker, David Nieuwoudt, became a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild in November 2005. The Guild’s members include top winemakers in South Africa and membership is by invitation. David makes two wines in small quantities exclusively for the annual Guild auction: Ghost Corner Semillon and Teen Die Hoog Shiraz. Grapes for the Ghost Corner Semillon come from the Elim ward, an area known for its white wines, but the Semillon is only presented in exceptional years. Grapes for Teen Die Hoog Shiraz come from a vineyard situated on a red-slate hill more than 1 000 m above sea level on Dwarsrivier farm in the Cederberg. The farmworkers gave the wine its name to remind them of the toughest pick of the season, high up on the slope. Read more about the Cape Winemakers Guild at www.capewinemakersguild.com.
Ghost CornerWinemaker David Nieuwoudt created the Ghost Corner brand in 2007, initially starting off with a Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and adding three new wines in 2012: The Bowline, a Sauvignon blanc and Semillon blend; Ghost Corner Pinot Noir; and Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, a Sauvignon blanc naturally fermented in older barrels. Every year David selects a small quantity of grapes from vineyards in the Elim ward near Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of Africa. Ghost Corner takes its name from this treacherous coastline where more than 130 ships have been shipwrecked through the ages. The deep lime-rich soil with plentiful slate and gravel deposits in Elim’s maritime climate gives rise to exceptional white wines.
WaitroseCederberg Private Cellar produces two wines for the Waitrose Foundation – Waitrose Sustainable Chenin Blanc and Waitrose Sustainable Shiraz. These wines are only sold in selected Waitrose stores in the UK and are made from vineyards farmed sustainably for the Foundation as a development and upliftment project on Dwarsrivier farm. Read more about the Cederberg Waitrose Foundation project at waitrosefoundation.org.za/wine