Rickety Bridge Merlot 2009

Rickety Bridge Merlot 2009

Dark ruby-black wine with powerful ripe plum and black cherry fruit on the nose and a rich, juicy palate of red berries and blueberries layered with toasty oak spice. Well structured with soft tannins and a long finish.

Spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, grilled chicken, beef stews

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Wynand Grobler
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  pH : 3.68  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

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

in the vineyard : 4 ½ hectares of well manicured 10 and 12 year old vines grown in structured La Motte soils (alluvial with a high percentage of decomposed plant material in the lower levels).

about the harvest: Yield of 6 ton/ha.
Rickety Bridge Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 23.4° and 25° Balling. All grapes used to make this wine were picked by hand.

in the cellar : Fermentation was done in 10 000 l stainless steel tanks at 25° - 30° C with 4 daily pump overs up to 6° Balling. The wines were pressed after 9 days up to 0.8 bar.  Malolactic fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks. Maturation took place 20% new and 80% older French Oak barrels for a total of 18 months.

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