Protea Merlot 2016

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Bold, enticing ripe blackberry and plum aroma. Gentle, soft-fruited entry to the mouth. The juicy blackberry and plum flavours are immediately apparent, along with a subtle tinge of spice. Rounded, fleshy and voluptuous texture with a light squeeze of tannin. Structured but pliable and generous with a rewardingly long, velvet tail.

Ostrich with plum sauce

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Dawie Botha
wine of origin : Darling
analysis : alc : 13.75 % vol  rs : 3.3 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 5.3 g/l  va : 0.56 g/l  so2 : 96 mg/l  fso2 : 31 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Ready to enjoy now - will keep 3 - 4 years.

in the vineyard : These grapes are mostly selected from the Groenekloof ward in the Darling area. This area is unique because of its warm days and cool nights. This, together with the deep red soil, is beautifully expressed in the wine as a mix between dark and red fruit flavours with good concentration and a soft juicy tannin structure.
Average Temp: 17.8°C
Rainfall: 347mm
Origin of fruit: Darling and Paarl
Soil type: Decomposed granite

about the harvest: The Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 24.8° Balling.
Yield: 10ton/ha
Harvest began: 03/02/2016
Harvest ended: 16/02/2016

in the cellar : After de-stemming and crushing the wine is transferred to 10 000 litre French oak tanks and 10 000 l stainless steel tanks. Fermentation on the skins takes place at 26°C for about 15 days. The wine is drained from the skins and pressed. The free run juice and press juice are aged separately and blended after 8 months. Maturation takes place in 225 l 2nd- and 3rd fill French oak barrels for about 12 months.

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