Fort Simon Merlot 2006

Dark garnet in colour, smoky, plumy, cherries upfront, well supported with memorable smooth toffee, butterscotch on the palate, well integrated, with savoury wood aroma''s. A good accompaniment to red meat and steak.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Marinus Bredell
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.47% % vol  rs : 4.4 g/l g/l  pH : 3.48  ta : 6.8 g/l g/l  va : 0.52 g/l g/l  so2 : 140mg/l mg/l  fso2 : 48 mg/l mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

3 1/2 Stars - John Platter
1st - Wine onf the Month Club
Best Value Award - Wine Magazine
Silver - Veritas
in the vineyard : The grapes came from vineyards planted at 185 to 210 meters above sea level in decomposed granite. The trellised vines were planted from 1990 - 1991.

about the harvest: Grapes from selected blocks of vineyards where handpicked at the end of March 2006 at an average balling of 25.5. After inoculation of selected yeast cultures, the wine was fermented to total dryness on the skins and was for a further 2 weekss on the skins.  During this period malolactic fermentation was also completed. The grapes were pressed and the young wine was tranferred to French oak barrels of selected coopers and matured for 18 months. During maturation the wine was pumped over once, barrels cleaned and transferred back for futher maturation.

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