Cape of Good Hope Parel Vallei Merlot 2012

Vivacious mulberry brightness with a spicy cocoa nuance on the bouquet. The palate is rich and beautifully ripe with playful cherry-, fruitcake-, and blueberry notes. Light and deceptively approachable, there are inky graphite depths to be plumbed. Layered and deep with restrained power, the wine is refined, structured and elegantly poised. Dry, spicy nuances from integrated oak maturation, the wine is nonetheless rounded and velvety smooth with a long aftertaste.

Herb-crusted leg of lamb.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Dawie Botha
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.37 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 5.2 g/l  va : 0.61 g/l  so2 : 129 mg/l  fso2 : 22 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Herbaceous   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : 5 - 8 years from release.

in the vineyard : AVERAGE TEMP: 23.3°C
RAINFALL: 752 mm
ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Helderberg
SOIL TYPE: Clay
Proprietor of Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Johann Rupert, has taken a personal interest in this parcel of fruit – since it is planted literally in his backyard. A small block of Merlot, planted at high density in residential Somerset-West,produces this uniquely perfumed wine. Deep clay soils and strict canopy management of the vertically trellised vines gives us consistency of character and taste of the grapes and wine.

about the harvest: HARVESTING BEGAN: 16/03/2012
HARVESTING ENDED: 16/03/2012
YIELD: 4ton/ha

in the cellar : The grapes were hand-sorted, and fermented in 225L new French oak barrels. After fermentation we extended skin contact for a further 8 days before pressing the wine, making the total days on the skins about 43 days. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the same barrels. The wine was aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 24 months and bottle-aged for 24 months.

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