Niel Joubert Merlot 2001

Veritas 2003 - Silver Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2003 - Silver
Very attractive ripe plum nose with fair wack of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with fine, floral backing. All repeats in the firmish mouth with addition on sweet spice. Showing an ever developing complexity.

Good all-round food wine.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Ernie Leicht
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2003 - Silver
Veritas 2002 - Silver

ageing : Good now, but will reward another year or two bottle development.

in the vineyard : Age of Vines: 5 years
Slope and Aspect: Northern slopes of Simonsberg
Soil: Hutton
Trellis type: 5 wire vertical
Yield: 4-5 tons per hectare
Irrigation: Supplementary drip
Pruning: 2 arms cordon 4 spurs per arm

about the harvest: Date: 25th March 2001
Method: Hand harvested
Ripeness 25.0º Balling

in the cellar : Fermentation (white wines): N/a
Skin contact: 14 days
Barrel maturation: 70% French oak barrels 30% tank

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