Zonnebloem Merlot 2003

Colour: Deep ruby garnet
Bouquet: Subtle ripe berry flavours with cherries underlined by elegant smoked oak flavours.
Taste: A medium to full-bodied wine with mouth-filling cherry and plum flavours and with a velvety mouth feel.

The winemaker suggests drinking it on its own or enjoying it with rich oxtail stews, chicken curries or red meat dishes.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Zonnebloem Wines
winemaker : Michael Bucholz
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.85 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.351  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : Viticulturist: Henk van Graan
The grapes were sourced from trellised, dryland vineyards in the Devon Valley, Stellenbosch Kloof and Jonkershoek areas. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes to ensure slow ripening and concentrated fruit flavours.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand in March at between 24° and 25° Balling when fruit and tannins were fully ripened but the berries and skins were still firm.

in the cellar : Each vineyard block was individually vinified and the juices fermented for 10 to 12 days at 27°C. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured in a combination of wood (55%) and stainless steel (45%) for 12 months.

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