Vergelegen Merlot 1998

The wine is showing deep colour and plummy fruit as well as wood spice and a round, complex mid palate and dry finish.


variety : Merlot | Blend
winery : Vergelegen Wines
winemaker : Andre van Rensberg
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.83 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.55  ta : 6.2 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Veritas 2001 - Bronze

ageing : Drink over next 4 to 6 years.

in the vineyard : A blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were selected from two vineyards, namely Kopland and Laer Schaapenberg. Two clones are used, a French Bordeaux clone and the Italian clone (small berries vs. the larger ones of the French clone). The vineyards are dry land with a average yield of 7 tons/ha.

about the harvest: The grapes are picked fully ripe (25.5°B) and transported in lugs to the cellar.

in the cellar : Standard crushing / destemming. Fermentation with specially cultured yeasts at 26-28°C in closed fermentation vessels. A maximum of 15 days on the skins, light pressing and into barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured for 17 months in 225l French Oak (only new Torasand, 50%).

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