WhaleHaven Merlot 1996

This Merlot is characterised by a dense spiciness, which merges in a crescendo of opulence with succulent brambleberries. 8 Months maturation in small French oak barrels, has enhanced the complexity.


variety : Merlot | Merlot
winery : Whalehaven Wines
winemaker : Storm Kreusch
wine of origin : Elgin
analysis : alc : 13.2 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.4  ta : 6.2 g/l  

in the cellar : The grapes for this Merlot were obtained from the high altitude vineyards of Oak Valley, Elgin. Predominantly Italian clone Merlot. Sugar 23,2°Balling; pH 3,2; TA 8,4 g/l at harvest. After destalking, pure yeast culture was added. Once fermentation was underway, enzyme added to assist colour extraction. Pumping over & punching down 3 - 4 time a day. Maximum fermentation temperature, 28°C. Post fermentation skin contact for 3 days.

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