Diemersdal: Merlot 2015

The nose seduces with beautiful ripe blackberry and dried fruit aromas along with
spicy undertones. This wine is well structured with elegance and mouth filling fruit
flavours. Hints of cedar wood, mint and spice flavours follow through on the palate.
This is a rich wine that is ready to be enjoyed now, but will last with years to come.

$26.00

Year: 2015

Origin: Durbanville; South Africa
Blend: 100% Merlot

Analysis: Alc: 14.82%
Total Acid: 5.9g/l
RS: 2.3g/l
pH: 3.48

Terroir: Slope: North-facing slopes
Soil: Deep red Hutton
Climate: Moderate with cooling sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean.
Viticulture: Yield: 12 t/ha
Trellising: 4 wire Perold
Age of vines: 17 years
Irrigation: Dry-land conditions

Oenology:
In the vineyards, canopy management were practised to ensure colour concentration. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness. Fermentation in open- and closed fermenters. Punch-downs and pump-overs every 3-4 hours controlled at 25ºC to 28ºC.
Post fermentation maturation on the skins for 2 weeks. MLF completed spontaneously in tanks before the wine was racked into 225L French oak barrels.

Maturation:
12 months oak maturation in 30% new 225L French oak barrels.

Winemaker’s notes:
The nose seduces with beautiful ripe blackberry and dried fruit aromas along with
spicy undertones. This wine is well structured with elegance and mouth filling fruit
flavours. Hints of cedar wood, mint and spice flavours follow through on the palate.
This is a rich wine that is ready to be enjoyed now, but will last with years to come.

Food suggestions:
An ideal wine to enjoy with venison or spicy risotto.

Awards:
2013 vintage: Premium Class Awards – SAA Wine List Awards’14
2011 vintage: Gold – Michelangelo International Wine Awards ‘12
2009 vintage: 4 Stars – John Platter Wine Guide ‘11