Rickety Bridge Merlot 2005

Rickety Bridge Merlot 2005

Blackberry and plum flavours with a dimension of mocha and fynbos.

Spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, grilled chicken, beef stews

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Wilhelm van Rooyen
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 7.5 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Peak potential from 4 years, mature up to 8 years.

in the vineyard : 4½ hectares of well manicured 8 and 10 year old vines grown in sandy soils. Yield of 8 ton/ha.

about the harvest: Rickety Bridge Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 23.3° and 25° B.

in the cellar : Fermentation was done in 10 000 l stainless steel tanks at 25° - 30° C with 4 daily pump overs up to 8° B. The wines were pressed after 7 days up to 0.8 bar. Press wine was kept separate and a percentage blended back. Malo-lactic fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks. Maturation took place 10% new and 90% older French Oak barrels for a total of 24 months.

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