Bilton Merlot 2000

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Deep mulberry colour. Nose leads with "sweet" chocolate, sweet violets and lots of ripe plum, mulberry and cherry notes. Smokey hints with a touch of vanilla. Big, generous mouth with repeat of what the nose promised. Despite youth has silky texture over supple, ripe tannins.

Good versatile food wine. Anything from light meats, fuller flavoured fish, yellow tail, geelbek, red roman etc, to lighter stews and bredies. Great with mature, soft white cheese.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Bilton Wines
winemaker : 
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.83 % vol  rs : 2.9 g/l  pH : 3.34  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  

Wine Masters Challenge - IV World Wine Contest - Portugal -
Veritas 2002 - Bronze
The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2002 - Silver
The South African Trophy Wine Show 2002 - Bronze
International Wine Challenge 2002 - Silver
Wine Magazine March 2002 - 4.5 Stars

ageing : Excellent development potential over a couple of years and through five and more.

in the vineyard : Surface: 6.74 Ha
Soil: Deep, cool moist soils
Locality: Medium to high north facing slopes

about the harvest: Production: 10 tons per hectare

in the cellar : Bilton Merlot is processed for three to four weeks in order to extract its characteristic strength, colour and full body. After 14-16 months of maturing in small French oak barrels, the wine emerge with a dark, brilliant ruby/mulberry colour, with complex flavours of ripe fruit, mint and chocolate.

Wine Produced
9000 bottles (750ml)
40 x 1.5l Magnum
5 x 5l Rheuboams

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