Bilton Merlot 2007

Deep, bright purple in colour. Sweet enticing nose with violets, lavender, ripe plum & cherry that creates a sweet spicy backing. The bouquet all repeats beautifully on the palate with additions of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Silky and well balanced on the palate with juicy, supple tannins.

Delicious with red meat dishes such as oxtail, roast lamb, beef and venison; also recommended with richly flavoured fish dishes and mature white cheese perfect companion to a spicy chicken or red meat dish.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Bilton Wines
winemaker : Rudi de Wet
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : 
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

John Platter : 4 Stars

ageing : Already very accessible yet lots of development potential over the next 5 to 6 years. This wine will be well worth the wait.

in the cellar :  A selection of grapes were handpicked and transported to the Cellar where they were de-stemmed and crushed. Selected yeast inoculated to start the fermentation and controlled fermentation took place in open fermentor tanks. After fermentation free-run and press juice were kept separately for later blending .

Assessed, blended and matured for 22 months in French, American and Hungarian oak 300 litre barrels, 80% new and 20% second and third fill. followed by soft filtration and bottling. Bottle maturation from 18months.

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