Meinert Merlot 2003

Fresh bright purple/red colour. The nose is an intense mix of redcurrant, mulberries, mint, spice and mineral tones. The palate is soft but rich and has a touch of firmness on the finish.

An excellent food wine and ideal with game birds like quail, guinea fowl, pigeon and also duck. For variation try with Cape salmon with Merlot sauce.

variety : Merlot | Merlot
winery : Meinert Wines
winemaker : Martin Meinert
wine of origin : Devon Valley
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.43  ta : 5.9 g/l  va : 0.52 g/l  so2 : 92 mg/l  fso2 : 29 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : The 2003 vintage is a superb one, yielding a very elegant, fruity Merlot with loads of complexity and restrained power. It is very much in the classical Meinert style. Though the wine is already soft at just over two years of age it will open up more and should last till 2010.

in the vineyard : A rather complex blend of three different Merlot batches from three vineyards on Devon Crest, plus a dash of Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon. All our soils are deep and well drained with a high clay content. That of the top vineyard contains more stone and is classified as Glenrosa, while the lower ones have a higher clay content and are know as Hutton. Vines receive supplementary irrigation. Average yield 7 tons/ha.

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