Louisvale Merlot Reserve 2001

This wine is a small parcel representing the best Merlot in the 2001 vintage. The colour is deep ruby red. The nose is gloriously plummy, with hints of violet and oak. Succulent and ripe in the mouth. Full-bodied and juicy, but there are some underlying grainy tannins. Long and spicy on the finish.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Louisvale Wines
winemaker : Simon Smith
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.92 % vol  rs : 2.3 g/l  pH : 3.42  ta : 6.0 g/l  va : 0.61 g/l  so2 : 69 mg/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : Grape variety: Merlot
Location: Devon Valley, Stellenbosch
Soil type: Decomposed Granite

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in February 2001
Sugar at harvest: 25,4º Balling
Fruit acid at harvest: 5,5 g/l

in the cellar : Maturation: 12 months in French Barrique
Bottling date: 15/01/2003

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