Savanha Merlot 2001

The wine is dark ruby in colour with a complex nose that shows spicy, minty, leathery and earthy aromas. A delightfully fruity entrance on the palate leads to a soft mid-palate and dry finish.
Serve with red meat dishes and mature cheese.

variety : Merlot [ Merlot ]
winery : Savanha
winemaker : Frans Smit
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 13.41 % vol  rs : 2.51 g/l  pH : 3.73  ta : 4.8 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

ageing : Enjoy now, or within 3 to 5 years from harvest.

in the vineyard : Bushvines that are between 8 and 10 years old and enjoy the advantage of cool night temperatures, yielded the grapes for this wine. The vineyards received supplementary irrigation.
Av temp: Summer 22°C
Av temp: Winter 11°C
Annual rainfall: 715mm
Proximity to ocean: 12 - 15km

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 25° Balling.

in the cellar : The grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and chilled down to 12° Celsius for a maceration period of three days. During the three days 15% of the juice was drained off to concentrate the juice:skin ratio. During fermentation at 21° Celsius, gentle pump-over occurred twice a day, followed by extended maceration at the same temperature.
A 35% portion of the wine was matured in new French oak barrels and the balance in 2nd- and 3rd-fill barrels for 12 months.
30 000 bottles of this wine were produced.

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