Deetlefs Merlot 2002

A well-balanced wine with good depth of colour. Rich plum and chocolate-cherry flavours. Hints of mint on the nose. The ripe fruit flavours are complimented by layers of soft tannins and a full round palate. Wood is delicately noticeable on nose. Fruit, wood and tannins are well integrated into each other.

Meat: Fillet, Chateaubriand, Entrecote, pot roast and oxtail. Venison, duck, pigeon and goose. Pasta dishes and pizza, Italian bites and liver.Fish: Sea fish on the barbecue.Herbs and sauces: Use very little. Sauce from meat broth is usually the best.Side dishes: Potatoes, red cabbage, Chinese cabbage, carrots

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Deetlefs Estate
winemaker : Kobus Deetlefs
wine of origin : Breede River
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  rs : 2.90 g/l  ta : 5.70 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : A multi-dimensional wine exhibiting excellent ageing potential.

in the vineyard : Trellised vines
Rootstock: 101-14/ 8-7
Clone: M012/181
Plant Date: 1998
Hectares: 6ha
Average Ton/Ha: 12
Trellising System: 4 Wire Vertical (Perold System)
Irrigation System: Drip

about the harvest: Grapes were selectively picked from 17 February – 26 February 2002, with attention payed to avoid green tannins - which are present in the ripening stage.

in the cellar : Various yeast strains were used, as well as employing different vinification techniques.

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