Goue Vallei Merlot 1998

Medium bodied wooded dry red wine. Fruity with a berry character.

variety : Merlot [ Merlot ]
winery : 
winemaker : Johan Delport
wine of origin : Olifantsrivier
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red  

in the vineyard : This noble variety does well on the high plateaux of the Olifants River Mountains.

about the harvest: In the southern hemisphere summer lasts from December until the end of February. The harvesting season begins mid-January and lasts until mid-April. Merlot is a late harvesting variety and these grapes were harvested late February to mid-March.

in the cellar : Following eight days of skin contact in a rotortank to obtain the desired colour and flavour, fermentation continued under controlled conditions at 26°C. The wine is aged in new Nevers oak casks of 500 liter for twelve months.

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