Slaley Merlot 2003

Aromas of cigar box, cherries, mulberries, plums and fruitcake. Also note a touch of leather and some earthiness/minerality.


variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winery : Slaley Wines
winemaker : Shaun Turnbull
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 12.1 % vol  rs : 2.3 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 6.2 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : A blend of 2 blocks of Merlot, with Block 120 providing youthful vigour to the wine and Block 302 elegance and class.

Age of vines:
Block 302: 11 years
Block 120: 5 years
Trellising: Five wire trellising
Pruning: Cordon with spurs
Soil:
Block 302: Oakleaf with decomposed granite
Block 120: Deep Hutton
Position:
Block 302: north-west facing slope of Simonsberg on the farm Ernita
Block 120: south-east facing slopes of Simonsberg on the farm Slaley
Irrigation: Overhead sprinklers
Yield:
Block 302: 6.65 Ton/ha
Block 120: 5.96 Ton/ha

about the harvest: Harvest Date:
Block 302: 21 February 2003
Block 120: 26 February 2003

in the cellar : More new oak was used this year to fill the middle palate and give more complexity to the wine. 15% was blended back from the 2004 vintage to enhance complexity.

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