Moreson Petit Verdot 2008

Colour: Deep maroon with purple hues.

Aroma: Interesting aromas of sweet tobacco and leather with slight undertones under tones of crushed mint

Palate: A well-balanced, full palate wine. The wine is characterized by a wild cherry and chocolate mouth-feel with a fullness that is characteristic of warmer climate Petit Verdot. The higher alcohol enhances and carries the full flavour of the wine.

variety : Petit Verdot [ 100% Petit Verdot ]
winery : Moreson
winemaker : Clayton Reabow
wine of origin : Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.71  ta : 5.9 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : The soil is clay and sand; it is red in colour. It shows good water retention and the vines experience very little stress throughout the year. This reduced level of stress supports slow ripening and results in great overall grape (and later wine) flavour. The soil is carefully monitored, through use of a neutron meter, and it is supplemented (by drip irrigation) only when necessary.

about the harvest: The Petit Verdot grapes were picked at 25°B.

in the cellar : They were destemmed and hand sorted before being lightly crushed and transferred to a 5000L open plastic fermentation tank. Cold soaking took place for 96 hour to enhance colour and structure development before being inoculated with a selected Bordeaux variety yeast. During fermentation the wine was actively punched down and pumped over every 4 hours until dry. The wine is left on their skins as a post fermentation maceration period. This is too facilitate any polymerization that needs to occur between the natural colour and tannin and aids in softening the wine. After 2 weeks, the free run wine is drained and the skins lightly pressed to gain the mid fraction of press juice, which is added back to the free run. The wines are transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation and matured for a further 30 months in French oak.

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