SA Wine Index score - 91 points
2015 Gold Wine Awards - Gold
2015 Michelangelo Awards - Gold
The colour of the wine is brilliant red. The aroma shows hints of wood spice with attractive dark berry fruit. On the palate the wine is rich and full with juicy soft tannins and good acidity. The wine has a long finish but is drinkable at present.
It will however mature for up to six years from vintage.
About The Harvest
In 2014, good, healthy fruit was picked at
optimum ripeness – determined by aroma assessment (i.e. maximum
In The Cellar
The wine was fermented in rototanks between 20° C and 25° C with 30% whole berries. Of the total 40% was pre-soaked for 2 days and 25% was macerated post fermentation.
Oak Maturation: 30% centre of France new tight grain barrels 70% used French oak barrels for 10 months.
Merlot was initially planted as a
blending partner for Cabernet Sauvignon. The softer style was
designed to round off the Cabernet Sauvignon. When the market
indicated a liking for softer red wine, Merlot was included in our range
as a stand-alone variety.