Spier Merlot 2006

Dark plum in colour, the wine shows rich dark berry aromas, with mouth watering caramel and a hint of smoky tobacco. A crisp, fruit-driven palate show subtle oak, luscious cherry and lingering berry flavours.

Serve with beef and basil linguine in a creamy mustard sauce.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Kobie Viljoen
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 15.4 % vol  rs : 5.54 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Enjoy now or within 4 years from harvest.

in the vineyard : Climate:
Average Temperature: Summer - 13º/27ºC Winter: 8º/19º C
Annual Rainfall: 720 mm
Proximity to ocean: 12 km

Soil:
Clovelly and Glenrosa

Vineyard:
Ten year-old trellised vines planted northwest to southeast yielded the grapes for this wine. The vineyards received supplementary drip irrigation and produced 9 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested at 26.2° Balling.

in the cellar : After harvesting the grapes were gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled for fermentation. After one day of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 25°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily, and 45% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 6-8 months.

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