Stellekaya Merlot 2000

Inspired by Aldebaran in Taurus
Intense Colour. Lovely berry fruit on the nose which followed through onto the palate. Some complexity with liquorice and mintiness. Dry Tannins and integrated wood. A very accessible wine that is fruity yet classic in style.


variety : Merlot | Merlot
winemaker : Peet le Roux
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.4 % vol  rs : 1.4 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 6.08 g/l  va : 0.63 g/l  so2 : 90 mg/l  fso2 : 20 mg/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Veritas 2002 - Bronze
John Platter 2003 - 4 Stars

ageing : 5-8 Years

in the vineyard : Situation: South West Slopes of Stellenbosch Berg
Altitude: 220-240m
Soil Type: Tukulu (Decomposed Granite)
Age of Vines: 8 Years
Irrigation: Supplemental
Climate: Cool False Bay evening breezes

about the harvest: The grapes were handpicked at about 25º Balling and the yield was about 8 tons per hectare after cropping was done in January.

in the cellar : Fermentation: Open Micro Fermenters
Pressing: Basket Press
Malolactic Fermentation: In the Barrel
Maturation: 20 Months in New French Oak
This wine was bottled in November 2001.

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