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Eikendal Merlot 2015

Cultival Range

Cultivar:
Merlot

Vineyards:
The vineyard is 165m above sea level. “Koffieklip’’ soils with a clay layer 1m deep. Planted in an east west row direction. Planting 1.2m x 2.4m. Vertical shoot positioning with spur pruning. Clone 348A. Vineyard age between 8-12 years. Under irrigation. Yield approximately 2kg per vine. Berry aromatic sequence module used for determining ripeness.

Vinification:
Grapes hand-picked in small crates. Cooled down in pre-cooler to 1°C. Berry sorting into the cellar. No crushing only destemming. Cold soaking for up to 15 days. Long slow fermentations with minimal punch downs. Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Matured 16 months in 300 liter custom made Burgundian oak barrels. 20% new oak.

Analysis:
Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acid: 6.4 g/l
pH: 3.4
Alcohol: 14.26 vol.%

Winemaker’s Notes:
The wine has an attractive nose, which reminds of violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices. On the palate the wine is full and rounded, with soft tannins and a rich taste of black berries and plums. The elegant finish is long and pleasant.

Maturation potential:
This wine is drinking well now, and can be enjoyed through 2018 and beyond.

Serving Temperature:
18°C -20°C in large red wine glasses.

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