Spier Merlot 2008

The wine is dark plum in colour with inviting aromas of ripe berry, fully-ripened plums and dark chocolate. A crisp, fruit-driven palate shows subtle oak, luscious cherry and lingering berry flavours.

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

variety : Merlot | 85% Merlot 10% Malbec 5% Petit Verdot
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Jacques Erasmus
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.7 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 - 13°/27° C Winter: 8°/9° 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 25° Balling.

in the cellar : After harvesting the grapes were gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled for fermentation. After a day of cold soaking the juice 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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