Kaapzicht Merlot 1999

A ruby-plum colour. Loads of sweet fruit cake and plum aromas. Shows warm stewed plum and currant jamminess. A spicy, plum nicely wooded wine with hints of Bordeaux character. Quite supple though a touch tense on the finish.

Good with oxtail, steak and kidney pie or homely cottage pie.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Danie Steytler
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.56 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 6.5 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
2001 Veritas - Silver
2001 John Platter Guide 2003 - 4½Stars

ageing : Approachable now but should open up further through to 2004.

in the vineyard : Soil: Estcourt type, weathered granite topsoil on a layer of granite, above a crumbly clay sub soil.
Yield: 7 - 8 ton/hectare
Grape Varieties: 100% Merlot (13 year old trellised vines on R 110 rootstock)

about the harvest: Grapes harvested at 24.5º Balling.

in the cellar : Fermented with NT 112 in red wine tanks and pumped over three times a day, until dry. Pressed lightly at 1,4 Bar. Underwent malolactic fermentation in the tank before going into French oak barrels for 17 months. 40% new oak was used.

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