Drostdy Hof Merlot 2009 (International)

Colour: Ruby red    
Bouquet: Ripe red fruit with plums and prunes and slight oak spices
Taste: Rich and mouthfilling with lots of berries and a slight tannic background

An ideal partner to pasta and red meat dishes.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Justin Corrans
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.14 % vol  rs : 7.2 g/l  pH : 3.5  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : It can be enjoyed now, but has been structured to gain complexity with maturation over the next few years.

in the vineyard : (Viticulturist: Bennie Liebenberg)
The grapes were sourced from Stellenbosch, Malmesbury, as well as Worcester and Robertson. The vineyards, ranging in ages from 8 to 20 years, were planted in a combination of decomposed granite and Glenrosa soils on Filloksera resistant R99 R110 and 101-14 rootstocks. Situated on south/south-westerly facing slopes the vineyards yield an average of six to eight tons per hectare.

about the harvest: 

The winemaking (winemaker: Justin Corrans)
The grapes were harvested by hand at between 23º and 26º Balling.

in the cellar : 

The juice was fermented for five days on the skins and after pressing, fermentation was continued without the skins. Once Malolactic fermentation was complete wine was matured in a combination of new, second-fill and third-fill French oak barrels.

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