Muratie Alberta Annemarie Merlot 2013

Intense ruby-coloured wine with pronounced aromas of dark chocolate, black cherries, toasted hazelnuts and an unusual herbal edge. The aromas give way to elegant flavours of black fruits (cherries, blackberries and ripe plums) matched with rich and savoury notes of black olives, liquorice and spicy tannins (cloves and cinnamon sticks). A richly-layered wine with plenty of backbone and structure.

Should be enjoyed now with a fine steak or a salty, matured Cheddar.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Hattingh de Villiers
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.39 % vol  rs : 3.7 g/l  pH : 3.64  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

ageing : Keep it safe for a further five years to drink it at its very best.

in the vineyard : The Muratie Merlot was harvested from three different blocks on the estate. The vines were planted in 1990 and 1992. Two of the blocks are North West facing and the third block faces north. The elevation of the vines is at 280m above sea level. The Table Mountain sandstone soil provides good moisture to these dry-land vineyards. All the vines are planted on Richter 99 rootstock.

about the harvest: The grapes were handpicked yielding 4.5 tons per hectare.

in the cellar : The grapes were then crushed, destalked and pumped into traditional open fermenters. Pump-overs and plunging was done at regular intervals. The wine was matured in French oak barrels (33% new oak) for 12 months.

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