Stellekaya First Release Merlot 1999

A medium-bodied wine. Wood and fruit are in balance. Lingering aftertaste.

variety : Merlot [ Merlot ]
winemaker : Jan Boland Coetzee
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.7 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.4  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : The wine is drinking well now but will benefit with ageing for 3 more years. Drink by 2003.

in the vineyard : 8 year old vines are situated on south-western slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain. Vines are trellised by the moveable 6-wire fence system. Supplementary irrigation was used.
Climate: Average temperature in February 21.5ºC
Annual Rainfall: 650mm
Soil: Tukulu

about the harvest: In the cool of the early morning of March the grapes were handpicked into lug boxes each carrying 20kg of grapes.

in the cellar : The grapes were fermented, followed by malolactic fermentation, in stainless steel tanks, where regular pump-overs took place. The wine was matured for 16 months in new and 2nd fill French oak barrels.

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