Bay View Merlot 2000

Deep, juicy red fruit and subtle oak spice on the nose. Full, ripe palate with a firm but abundant tapestry of raspberries, plums and gentle vanilla, woven together with subtle ripe tannins.

variety : Merlot [ Merlot ]
winemaker : Ben Radford
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.6 % vol  rs : 3.2 g/l  pH : 3.60  ta : 5.2 g/l  
type : Red  

in the vineyard : Soil Type: Hutton, Clovelly & Oakleaf
Climate: A second winter of unusually warm, dry conditions brought vines on early. A cool snap at flowering led to vastly lower yields in early-ripening varieties while yielding excellent quality.
Cases produced: 5 277 x 12

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 24.6ยบ Balling. The grapes for this Merlot were selected from 10-year-old vines perched on the south-western slopes of the Stellenbosch mountains.

in the cellar : Grapes were destemmed. crushed and underwent cold maceration for 3 days before fermentation. 70% was fermented in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels for 11 months and 30% was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The barrel components underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Fining and minimal filtration prior to bottling.

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