Savanha Merlot 2006

Sweet plum, caramel and vanilla aromas follow through to a velvety soft, accessible palate that shows rich, lingering juicy plum.

Serve with open roast lamb sandwiches with onion and chilli jam.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winery : Savanha
winemaker : Anton Swarts and Frans Smit
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.85 % vol  rs : 4.5 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 5.57 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Soft  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Enjoy now or within 2 years of harvest.

in the vineyard : Climate
Average Temperature: Winter: 17 ºC/Summer 25ºC
Annual rainfall: 220 mm
Proximity to ocean: 30 km

Soil
Alluvial, Silty Dundee, Tukulu and Oak leaf

Viticulture
Bushvines and five-Wire Perold-trellised vines aged 9-20 years yielded the grapes for this wine. The vineyards received supplementary drip irrigation and produced 8-15 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grapes were handpicked at optimum ripeness.

in the cellar : After harvesting the grapes were sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. The juice was chilled to 10º-12ºC to enable cold maceration prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Daily pump-overs were carried out during fermentation to extract further colour and flavour. Wines showing well-preserved fruit were selected for blending and fining. Sterile bottling took place after 6 months of maturation and integration.

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