Marklew Merlot 2007

Graceful feel and comfortable firm tannins with sweet red fruit intensity and chocolaty tones.

Chicken, quail, duck, pork, pasta and red meats

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Marklew Wines
winemaker : Duan Brits
wine of origin : Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.37 % vol  rs : 2.9 g/l  pH : 3.73  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Merlot 2007 is elegant and drinking well now but will improve with bottle age.

about the harvest: Merlot 2007 was hand picked at optimum ripeness, sorted and vinified from 21, 17 and 8 year old dry land vineyards to give tannin complexity, structure and fruit intensity.

in the cellar : The wine style is between new and old world.

During a long maceration and fermentation period, the grapes get pumped and plunged numerous times (every 4 hours, even through the night) to enhance, colour, fruit, depth and complexity. After fermentation grapes are lightly pressed in a traditional basket press. Oaking - 12 months in 20% new, 60% 2nd, 20% 3rd fill barrels. MLF completed in barrels. 95% French, 5% American oak.

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