Boschendal Merlot 1999

This rich, dark, medium-full wine has hints of cedar, red berry fruit, chocolate and coffee on the nose. Well-balanced, with firm tannins, it has a generous mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. Enjoy with chicken liver pâté, roast duck, lamb and cheese.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : JC Bekker
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.03 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.57  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : 100% Merlot from a nine-year-old vineyard in stony, well-drained, clay-rich soils on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountain. Yield is eight tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Hand picked at 23° Balling.

in the cellar : The grapes were crushed and fermented at 30° - 32°C and macerated for seventeen days on the skins before pressing. After malolactic fermentation, 30% of the wine was matured for 12 months in new French oak and the balance in 2nd- and 3rd-fill barrels.

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