Spier: Signature Merlot 2015

Ripe red and black berries, plums and an undertow of eucalyptus and mint. This Merlot has sappy fruit, mint and soft tannins.

$19.50

Year: 2015

WINEMAKER:
Johan Jordaan

ORIGIN:
Swartland, Paarl, Overberg and Stellenbosch in Western Cape.

TERROIR:
Temperature: Winter 9/18°C; Summer 14/26°C
Annual Rainfall: 650mm
Proximity to Ocean: 20-60km
Clovelly, Hutton and Estcourt.

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Trellised vines are 16 -18 years old and planted on north-eastern slopes. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 10 tons per hectare.

WINEMAKING:
Grapes were harvested at 24° Balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.

ANALYSIS:
Alc: 14.23% TA: 5.60g/l
RS: 4.60g/l pH: 3.59

APPEARANCE:
Rich regal red

TASTING NOTE:
Ripe red and black berries, plums and an undertow of eucalyptus and mint. This Merlot has sappy fruit, mint and soft tannins.

SERVE WITH:
Perfect with a lamb casserole or a vegetarian dish.