Steenberg Merlot 2008

Steenberg Merlot 2008

This deep purple Merlot has great fruit concentration, with hints of spice, aniseed and licorice. It is multi-faceted, with blueberry and dark chocolate aromas on the nose; and black and red berry intensity on the palate. Rich but subtle oak flavours provide this wine with a long, full savory finish.

Enjoy with Seared Tuna, Quail, Guinea Fowl or Duck, and good conversation.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : JD Pretorius
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 2.6 g/l  pH : 3.40  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Merlot
Harvest date: March 2008
Soil type: Clovelly / Decomposed granite
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 6 - 14 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Yield: 8 Ton/Ha
Rootstock: Richter 110

about the harvest: Harvest date: March 2008
Yield: 8 Ton/Ha
The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23° - 25° Balling

in the cellar : Intensive suckering and crop reduction helps concentrate the fruit and ensure that the Merlot has good colour and distinctive character. After harvesting the juice was fermented on the skins for 7 – 10 days allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30° C. The wine was then transferred to a combination of new French and American oak barrels (85% French) for malolactic fermentation and left to mature for 14 months. It then underwent a light egg white fining before being bottled.

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