Protea Merlot 2018

Bright blue and black berry fruit aromas with a light leafy brush and cocoa nuances. In the mouth the wine is immediately fruity, supple, soft and rounded with abundant juiciness. The rich, dark berries come through, along with the gentle spice and cocoa notes. The texture or mouthfeel is plush and velvety which makes this a very appealing, drinkable wine. Good pliable structure and length of flavour.

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.

about the harvest: The Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 24.8° Balling.

in the cellar : After de-stemming and crushing the wine is transferred to 10 000 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 and also on new French oak staves in tanks for about 8 months.

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