Spier Merlot 2003

International Wine Challenge 2005 - Bronze
The wine is dark plum red in colour, clear and brilliant. Inviting aromas of wild berry with touches of mint and spice follow through on the full, firmly structured palate.

Serve with pasta, cheese and red meat.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winery : 
winemaker : Frans Smit
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.65 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Bronze

ageing : Enjoy now, or within 2 to 6 years from harvest.

in the vineyard : Proximity to ocean: 15km
Annual rainfall: 620mm
Soil: Tukula and Hutton
Average Temperature: Summer 22ºC, Winter: 14.5ºC

Trellised, 8-year-old vines planted on southeast-facing slopes produced the grapes for this wine. The vines received supplementary drip irrigation and yielded 8 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grown in selected vineyard blocks that have proved to yield rich varietal character, the grapes were picked at optimum ripeness.

in the cellar : Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks involved intensive extraction practices. Following alcoholic fermentation, the wine was transferred to oak barrels. Judicious maturation for ten months in French oak barrels ensured that the fruit is not overpowered by excessive oak flavours.

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