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Ridgeback Merlot 2002

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Swiss International Air Line Awards 2005 - Silver
Juliet Cullinan Wine Awards 2004 - Bronze
Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004 - Silver
John Platter - 4 Star
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Award 2004 - Seal of Approval
Wine Magazine - 3 and a half Stars

Ripe, elegant fruit with plums. Mulberries and mocha latte oak spice. Generous, supple, yet dry tannin finish to support juicy, fruit concentrated mid palate.


variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winery : Ridgeback Wines
winemaker : Cathy Marshall
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.35 % vol  rs : 1.69 g/l  pH : 3.80  ta : 5.66 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Swiss International Air Line Awards 2005 - Silver
Juliet Cullinan Wine Awards 2004 - Bronze
Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004 - Silver
John Platter - 4 Star
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Award 2004 - Seal of Approval
Wine Magazine March 2005 - 3½ Stars
in the vineyard : These 5 year old vineyards superbly situated on Vansha Farm in Northern Agter-Paarl fully complement the attention to detail that has been given by a dedicated team headed by Jerry Parker and superbly by Paul Wallace Viticultural Consultant.

about the harvest: Grapes were handpicked on 8 February 2002.
Bunches were healthy and harvested at optimal vine and seed ripeness.

in the cellar : Destemming without crushing.
Wholeberry component of 80% in fermenter.
Fermented in stainless steel fermenters at 26-30º Celsius.
Pumpovers were applied twice daily to extract flavour and tannins for structure.
Mash was pressed immediately after primary fermentation was completed. Wine was gravity fed to barriques for secondary or Malo-lactic fermentation.
Wine was matured in 60% new French oak for 12 months.

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