SA Wine Index score: 91 points
The colour of the wine is brilliant red. The aroma shows hints of wood spice with attractive red 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 2016, good, healthy fruit was picked at optimum ripeness - determined by aroma assessment (i.e. maximum fruit intensity).
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.
Oak Maturation: 25% centre of France new tight grain barrels 75% 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.