Neethlingshof Merlot 2005

Neethlingshof Merlot 2005

Colour: Dark red with scarlet hues.
Bouquet: The delicate fruity nose has minty undertones with a vanilla and caramel nose.
Taste: On the palate the wine is well structured with ripe soft tannins and a smooth richness.

An ideal companion to lighter meat dishes, veal, poultry, pasta and most enjoyable on its own.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : De Wet Viljoen
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.29 % vol  rs : 3.4 g/l  pH : 3.66  ta : 5.36 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : This wine will reach its full potential within five years.

in the vineyard : 
Planted in 1985 the vines, which produced this wine, are grown on south-east facing slopes 220m above sea level, in Tukulu soil. The vines are grafted onto nematode-resistant Richter 99 and 110 rootstocks and are trellised on a five-wire system.
Viticulturist: Prof Eben Archer

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand and machine at the beginning of March at 24,5° Balling.

in the cellar : After destalking and crushing the mash was fermented using a chosen pure yeast culture in rotation tanks at 25 - 29°C. Fermentation took seven days to complete. After malolactic fermentation the wine was left on the lees, before being matured in 300l barrels consisting of a combination of new French oak and second and third-fill oak barrels for 12 months. A light egg white fining was used before bottling.

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