Jordan Merlot 2003

Councours Mondial de Bruxelles 2005 - Gold
Bronze - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2005,/b>
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Seal of Approval
Mature vineyards yield opulent fruit with plum, rich blackberry and mocha flavours. Framed by generously rounded tannins and spiciness from maturation in French oak, this wine is seductive from start to finish.


variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Gary & Kathy Jordan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 1.38 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 6.42 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Councours Mondial de Bruxelles 2005 - Gold
Bronze - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2005
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Seal of Approval
in the vineyard : The Merlot was harvested from east- and west-facing 11 - 17-year-old vineyards, situated on decomposed granite soils. The maturity of these vineyards ensures smaller berries with concentrated fruit flavours.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested between 22 and 28 February 2003.

in the cellar : Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors at 26-30ºC. Pump-overs were done three times daily over the fermenting cap. A small portion received extended maceration while the remainder was pressed immediately after fermentation. The wine was racked into barrels during the second week of March where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation. After further racking it spent 14 months in new and second fill 225 litre French oak barrels.

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