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Morgenhof Estate Merlot 2007

A rich dark ruby coloured wine invites you to a nose full of intense black cherries, mulberries and mixed spice. These lovely flavours follow through on a supple soft palate.

Ideal with oxtail, lamb, beef, chicken, casseroles and venison.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Jacques Cilliers
wine of origin : Simonsberg
analysis : alc : 14.02 % vol  rs : 3.3 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
International Wine Challenge 2011 - Silver Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver Medal
in the vineyard : 

Terroir: The Merlot vineyard is planted on N-NW; SW-W and N, S facing slopes from 160m - 200m above sea level. These blocks are planted on the following soil types: Swartland, Tukulu, Vilafonte and Glenrosa. These soils vary from medium to heavy textured, with a clay content that varies from 15% - 20%.
Vinyeard Age: Merlot 8 - 19 years
Density/Block: 3000 - 3500 vines per hectare.
Rootstock: Richter 99; Richter 110.
Soil Preparation: Mechanical preparation and adjusting of the pH with lime.
Date of Ripening: 12/02/2007 - 15/03/2007

about the harvest: By hand in picking baskets which get tipped in bins for transport to the cellar.

in the cellar : 

Cellar Procedures: Received grapes during the morning. Crushing and de-stemming and the mash are pumped to Marionette fermentation tanks. We did 3 days of cold maceration. Yeast was then added so that fermentation could start. Fermentation temperature was held between 18° - 30° C.

Pump-Overs: Aerated pump-over 4 times per day with moving one times the volume of the tank with every pump-over

Maceration: 15 - 25 days

Press: Bucher Pneumatic press. The first press-wine went with the free-run and the next press-wine was kept aside and treated separately

Malolactic: Malolactic fermentation done in Stainless Steel tanks

Maturation: 18 Months in French oak barrels - 20% new oak

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