Ruitersvlei Reserve Merlot 2003

Cinnamon, cloves, plums. Dusty toasted notes - soft tannins which fills the palate. Excellent balance.


variety : Merlot | Merlot
winemaker : Reino Kruger
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 2.9 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 6.4 g/l  va : 0.71 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : Will age well for the next 10 years.

in the vineyard : Appelation: Paarl
Area Planted: 20 Ha.
Age of Vines: 5 - 15 years
Rootstock: Ruggeri, Paulsen, Richter 110, Richter 99
Clone: N.A.
Trellis System: 4-Wire perold
Irrigation: Drip
Vine Density: 1000 mm x 2400 mm
Soil: Malmesbury Bank
Climate: Sub-Tropic; Winter rainfall

about the harvest: Type: Hand
Date: Mar-03
Yield: 5.5 tons per hectare

in the cellar : Crushing: 40% Whole berry; Crush & destemmed
Tanks: Stainless Steel
Fermentation: Cold soak 48hr - 28°C Fermentation temp, extended post fermentation skin contact
Malolactic: In Barrel
Barrel Ageing: 16 Months
Fining: None
Filtration: None
Stabilisation: Protein and Cold
Wood: Vicard 16 months in Barrel

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