Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Merlot 2011

A medium-bodied, soft, elegant, juicy wine, with ripe plum and red berry fruit aromas on the nose that carry through to the palate. These fruit flavours are complimented by a crisp, well integrated acidity and an elegant velvety finish, affording this wine comfortable maturation potential.


variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Johan Joubert
wine of origin : Coastal Region
analysis : 
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
International Wine Challenge 2012 - Commended

ageing : This vintage will age up to 7 years in the bottle.

in the vineyard : These grapes were cultivated and harvested from five different blocks on Kleine Zalze farm. Both the French and Italian clones were used for the picking of the Cellar Selection Merlot grapes. With careful pruning and suckering, the southerly sea breezes were allowed to cool the grapes to ensure cool optimum ripening conditions.

For optimum ripeness and the colouring of the pips, the efficient amount of leaves and crop were left. The production was lower through green bunch dropping to 6tons / ha. The 2011 vintage were 2 weeks later in ripening in comparison to the previous year and  grapes were left to hang longer due to the cold night temperatures (between 7 and 12┬░Celsius). This ensured that pure varietal fruit with high notes of spice and elegance developed in the grapes and the terroir identity of cool ripening grapes were censorial visible.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked early in the morning, hand-sorted.

in the cellar : The grapes were destalked and cold soaked at 12┬░C for three days. The juice was cool fermented, pumped over 3 times a day, until dry in stainless steel tanks and left on the skins before pressing. With enough tannin structure, only the free-run juice was used and malolactic fermentation completed in fourth fill French oak barrels. The wine matured for 14 months where after it was blended and bottled. A good pH/acidity balanced was maintained through the vinification process.

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