Ruitersvlei Shiraz Merlot 1999

A elegant, dry blend with abundant spice aromas coming from the Shiraz and choc-cherry fruit coming from the Merlot.


variety : Shiraz | 50% Shiraz, 50% Merlot
winemaker : Hein Hesebeck
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.29 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.42  ta : 6.0 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

about the harvest: The Shiraz grapes were harvested on the 18th February 1999 and the Merlot grapes on the 12th March 1999.

in the cellar : Shiraz: Selection of new clones. Grapes were brought in at 23.5°B and fermented dry on the skins for 7 days. Juice was pumped over regularly to ensure good extraction. Wine was matured in 3rd fill American Oak barrels for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Yeast: Lalvin 2056

Merlot: Juice was treated with regular pumping sessions during fermentation and stored in stainless steel tanks prior to blending.
Yeast: St. George

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