De Grendel Merlot 2005

De Grendel Merlot 2005

Brilliant red fruit aromas, plum and red currant. Harmonious interplay of spice fragrance and well polished tannins. Elegant, persistent finish.

The perfect partner to lamb, guinea fowl and grilled beef.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : De Grendel Wines
winemaker : Charles Hopkins & Elzette du Preez
wine of origin : Durbanville
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.57  ta : 5.75 g/l  va : 0.45 g/l  so2 : 130 mg/l  fso2 : 45 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : 8 years

in the vineyard : 2005 Vintage
According to Charles Hopkins, De Grendel's winemaker, 2005 is renowned as one of the top ten years for red wine in South Africa.
 
Vineyard
The De Grendel vineyards are situated 7 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean, growing on slopes 200 metres above sea level. The vines are 5 - 8 years old and yield crops of 5 - 7 tons per hectare (off 2300 vines).
 
Soil Type
Hutton - Oak leaf

about the harvest: Only handpicked.

in the cellar : Only handpicked fruit were destalked and innoculated in an upright stainless steel tank. To ensure soft ripe tannins, the fermenting red was transferred four times over the skin cap for periods lasting 1 hour each. This method is called aerated pump over. After sufficient extraction, a pneumatic press was used to press the skins at 0.9 bar pressure. Three rackings ensured good clarity. Maturation took place in French Oak for a period of thirteen months.

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