Steenberg Merlot 2000

The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2002 - Silver
This deep purple Merlot has incredible fruit concentration. Multi-faceted, with violets, plum and hints of soft eucalyptus on the nose. Black and red berry intensity on the palate, together with rich but subtle oak flavours and ripe tannins provide this wine with a long, full finish.


variety : Merlot | Merlot
winemaker : Nicky Versfeld
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.49  ta : 5.4 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2002 - Silver
Silver at Young Wine Show 2001
Veritas 2001 - Bronze
in the vineyard : Cultivar: Merlot
Soil type: Clovelly/Decomposed granite
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 9 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Yield: 9.50 Ton/Ha
Rootstock: Richter 110

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 24.5° Balling in February/March 2000.

in the cellar : No SO2 was added until after malolactic fermentation. The juice was fermented on the skins for the first three days, allowing the temperature in the tank to reach 35°C. Air was incorporated during pump-over. The temperature of the must was then kept at 21°C for the last 2 days. After pressing the wine was transferred to 225L French oak barrels for maturation. The wine was left in barrel for 12 months. It then underwent light sheet filtering before being bottled. No other fining was applied.

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