Merlot Shiraz 2018

A fantastic blend of 70% merlot and 30% 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 14.2 % vol Sugar 3.4 g/l
TA 5.9 g/l pH 3.5
ACCOLADES
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '20 : 4 stars - 2017 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '19 : 4 stars - 2016 vintage
  • Platter's Wine Guide '18 : 3.5 stars - 2015 vintage
  • 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

Facing: South
Soil types: Sandstone, Glenrosa, Slate and Hutton
Age of vines: 15 - 21 years
Vineyard area: 7.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: 6 wire extended Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: MO3 and SH22 on R99
Harvest date: 8 March - 5 April 2018
Degree balling at harvest: 25ºB merlot, 26°B shiraz
Vinification: Cold soaking of each cultivar for 2 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, 70% merlot, 30% shiraz
Optimum drinking time: Drink now, or keep up to 4 years

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