Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé 2011

Colour: Inviting pomegranate. Nose: Hints of raspberries dusted by rose petals. Taste: Refreshing and light-bodied wine with fresh summer berries on the palate.

Enjoy this versatile wine in summer with mezze platters, salads, light chicken and tuna dishes.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Martin Moore and Gunther Kellerman
wine of origin : Durbanville
analysis : alc : 13.27 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.37  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Light  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

2011 South African National Wine Show - Silver Award
2011 Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Silver Award
SA Terroir Awards 2011: National Certificate - Top Rose
in the vineyard : 


Nine leading vineyard owners in the Durbanville district joined forces with Distell to create Durbanville Hills with the aim of promoting the regional individuality of this prime winegrowing area. The striking Durbanville Hills cellar sits on the side of a series of rolling hills with magnificent views of Table Mountain and Table Bay - the very geography that lies at the heart of what makes the wines so unique. The Durbanville ward is officially considered

one of the Cape’s two coolest wine regions, thanks to the sea breezes that drift inland from False Bay and Table Bay and the late afternoon mists that bathe the slopes. These conditions are ideal for the slow ripening of the grapes, allowing them to develop their full-flavoured, intense character. Grapes are sourced only from the shareholder- growers, all of whom farm within the limited appellation of Durbanville. Meticulous crop control limits yields and promotes concentration of varietal flavour. Cellarmaster Martin Moore uses highly advanced cellar technology to ensure optimal extraction of colour and flavour.

Sustainable practices include maintaining the disciplines imposed by International Environmental Standard ISO 140001 such as in the treatment of waste water back to irrigation quality. In all its vineyards the growing practices prescribed by IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) are followed. These are designed to sustain natural resources. In addition, the members protect on their farms 210 ha of endangered Renosterveld as part of

the Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI).

The vineyards (vineyard consultant: Drikus Heyns)

The grapes for this wine were selected from a single vineyard on a low-lying, south-facing slope. It was chosen for the exceptional structure and flavour the grapes impart to the wine. The soil moisture levels of this particular vineyard ensure small berries with an excellent skin-to-fruit ratio providing an intense colour and flavour spectrum.

about the harvest: The Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 21° - 23° Balling during February.

in the cellar : 

The grapes were allowed four hours of skin contact where after the free-run juice was drained to the settling tank. Over a two-day period the juice was allowed to settle until clear. After racking, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks over a two-week period. The wine was left for another two weeks on the lees to impart freshness and contribute to the mouth-feel before it was racked and stabilised before bottling.

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