Landskroon Merlot 2003

Brilliant dark ruby colour. Full bodied with ripe plum, cherry fruit, delicately structured. Drinkable now, but will improve with time.

To be enjoyed by itself or with a variety of roasts and other meat dishes.

variety : Merlot [ 92.3% Merlot, 7.7% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winery : Landskroon Wines
winemaker : Paul de Villiers
wine of origin : Paarl, Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 14.00 % vol  rs : 2.60 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : Drinkable now and upto 6 years.

in the vineyard : Age of Vines: 5 – 12 years
Clones: MO 192, MO 348A, MO 193
Rootstock: R99, R101 - 14
Vines per hectare: 3000
Soil: Sandy loam and decomposed granite
Trellising: Bush vines and cordon trellised
Yield: 7 – 8 tons per hectare

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested at 25º Balling, destemmed and transferred to open and closed stainless steel fermentation tanks.

in the cellar : After the addition of selected yeast, the juice, together with the skins, were allowed to ferment at controlled temperatures of 25ºC - 28ºC. During fermentation, skins that tend to rise to the top were regularly pushed down to cool the cap and to optimise flavour and colour extraction. At 5º Balling, juice was drained from the skins and fermentation allowed to continue in closed tanks. Any juice remaining in the skins were recovered with the use of a gentle tank press. After allowing for malolactic fermentation the wine was racked from the lees and transferred to 225 L oak barrels for maturation.
Barrel maturation: 13 months
Type of Wood: French oak
Bottling date: 28 October 2004

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