Slaley Merlot 2000

The grapes where harvested at 24.2º Balling and fermented on skin for 34 days. This included 4 days coldsoak at 7ºC and 15 days post fermentation maceration. This resulted in a black cherry colour and soft tannins. The intense nose of carnations, mulberries and cherries is very well supported by delicate but present oak. Serve with beef goulash, leg-of-lamb or creamy cheese.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Slaley Wines
winemaker : Christopher van Dieren
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.4 % vol  rs : 2.4 g/l  pH : 3.71  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  

Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2003 - Silver
Bronze - SA Trophy Show July 2002

ageing : This wine will be best enjoyed from 2 years after date of harvest and then for a further 8 years.

in the vineyard : Age of vines: 1992
Trellising: 5 wire trellising
Pruning: Cordon with spurs
Soil: Deep decomposed granite with good mix of stone and fairly high clay content.
Position: South West facing slope of Simonsberg on the farm Ernita, upper part of vineyard block.
Irrigation: Overhead sprinklers

about the harvest: The grapes where harvested at 24.2º Balling in the second week of March 2000.
Yield: 7 Ton/Ha

in the cellar : Fermentation: 34 days at 32ºC, pumping over twice per day
Maturation: 18 month’s in wood (100% New French oak)
Fining: Eggwhite 1 egg/Hl
Filtration: Bulk

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