Cederberg Merlot Shiraz 2014

A fantastic blend of 73% merlot and 27% 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.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 14.4% vol Sugar 3.7 g/l TA 5.6 g/l pH 3.69

ACCOLADES
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
Facing: South
Soil types: Sandstone, Glenrosa, Slate and Hutton
Age of vines: 11 – 17 years
Vineyard area: 7.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: MO3 and SH22 on R99
Harvest date: 11 March – 15 April 2014
Degree balling at harvest: 25°B merlot, 26°B shiraz
Vinification: Cold soaking of each cultivar for 3 days, inoculate with yeast, pump overs every 4 – 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, 73% merlot, 27% shiraz
Optimum drinking time: Drink now, or keep up to 4 years

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