Steenberg Merlot 2004

Steenberg Merlot 2004

2007 SA Terroir Wine Awards - Constantia Ward and Cape Point District Terroir Awards: Top Red Wine
Veritas 2006 - Double Gold
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006 - Silver
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards 2006 – Seal of Approval
2006 SA Terroir Wine Awards - National Certificate Top Merlot
Winemakers’ Choice Awards 2006 - Diamond Award

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 : 14.47 % vol  rs : 2.57 g/l  pH : 3.53  ta : 5.82 g/l  va : 0.55 g/l  so2 : 70 mg/l  fso2 : 34 mg/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS

2007 SA Terroir Wine Awards - Constantia Ward and Cape Point District Terroir Awards: Top Red Wine
Veritas 2006 - Double Gold
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006 - Silver (82/100)
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards 2006 – Seal of Approval
2006 SA Terroir Wine Awards - National Certificate Top Merlot
Winemakers’ Choice Awards 2006 - Diamond Award

in the vineyard : Soil type: Clovelly / Decomposed granite
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 12 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 in March 2004.

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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