WhaleHaven Merlot 1997

Garnet in colour. Decadent chocolate/mocha aromas dominate the minty, herbaceous tones. Firm fleshy fullness integrates well with the dusty charm. 8 Months maturation in small French oak barrels.


variety : Merlot | Merlot
winery : Whalehaven Wines
winemaker : Storm Kreusch
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.8 g/l  

in the cellar : The grapes were sourced from the high altitude vineyards of Oak Valley, Elgin. Predominantly Italian clone Merlot. Harvested at 23º Balling; pH 3,2 and TA 7,9g/l. After de-stalking, pure yeast culture was added. Once fermentation commenced, enzymes were added to assist colour extraction. Pumping over and punching down was undertaken 3 to 4 times daily. Maximum fermentation temperature was 30ºC.

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