Fort Simon Merlot 1999

On the nose the wine has strong black berry and salami flaovurs with a touch of bovril. In the background the wood flavours complement the fruit and it has a lingering aftertaste.

variety : Merlot [ Merlot ]
winemaker : Marinus Bredell
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.91 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.44  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : Red  

in the vineyard : The grapes came from vineyards planted at 185 to 210 metres above sea level in decomposed granite. The vines were trellised and were planted from 1990 to 1991.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked by hand at 24,6° Balling from 23 February until 1 March.

in the cellar : In the cellar the juice fermented on the skins until dry at 24 to 30°C. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured in wood for 9 months - 70 % in French oak and 30% in American oak.

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