Steenberg Merlot 2003

Steenberg Merlot 2003

Bronze - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2005
Young Wine Show 2003 - Class Winner; Gold
Young Wine Show 2004 - Bronze
Decanter Magazine UK - Silver
Classic Wine Trophy 2004 - Silver
This deep purple Merlot has incredible fruit concentration. Multi-faceted, with violets, incense and hints of soft spear mint on the nose. Black and red berry intensity on the palate, together with rich but subtle oak flavours and ripe tannins provide this wine with a long, full finish.


variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : John Loubser
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS

Bronze - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2005
Young Wine Show 2003 - Class Winner; Gold
Young Wine Show 2004 - Bronze
Decanter Magazine UK - Silver
Classic Wine Trophy 2004 - Silver

in the vineyard : Soil type: Clovelly / Decomposed granite
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 11 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Yield: 8 Ton/Ha
Rootstock: Richter 110

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 25° Balling on the 3rd March 2003.

in the cellar : The juice was fermented on the skins for the seven days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30°C. Air was incorporated during pump-overs which occurred 3 times per day. After pressing the wine was transferred to 225L new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine was left in barrel for 14 months. It then underwent a light egg white fining before being bottled unfiltered.

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