Rickety Bridge Merlot 2002

Rickety Bridge Merlot 2002

Black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with a dimension of fynbos and mocha, soft and juicy with good backbone.

Oven baked lamb with basil pesto and butter fried asparagus.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Wilhelm van Rooyen
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3.1 g/l  pH : 3.46  ta : 6.0 g/l  va : 0.61 g/l  so2 : 76.0 mg/l  fso2 : 23.0 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS

2006 - Bronze Veritas Award
2002 - Bronze Veritas Award
2002 - Bronze Decanter World Wine Award
2001 - Bronze Veritas Award
1999 - Bronze Veritas Award
1998 - Silver Medal – South African Trophy Wine Show
1998 - Silver Veritas Award

about the harvest: Rickety Bridge Merlot grapes were harvested by hand on 21 February 2002 at 25.8° Balling. Merlot grapes bought from Stellenbosch vinetards were harvested by hand on 28 February 2002 at 25.6° Balling.

in the cellar : Fermentation took place in 10 000 litre stainless steel tanks at 24° - 29°C with four daily pump over up to 8° Balling and including two complete drainings of must before pumping back on to skins. The wines were pressed in a bag press after 7 days up to 0.8 bar, when greenness started to show and flavour started waning. Malo-lactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, wine pumped off lees into 20% new and 80% older French Oak barrels.

The components of the wine were blended a year after harvest. The wine was racked two more times in the first year and twice in the second year while maturing in oak for a total of 17 months.

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