Plaisir de Merle Shiraz 2009

Colour: Dark red
Bouquet: Aromas of sweet spices, red berry fruit with a hint sweet vanilla and oak.
Taste: Full-bodied, with a rich texture, dark red fruit, with peppery and sweet oak flavours that linger on the aftertaste.

This wine is an ideal partner to a juicy steak or Osso Bucco.

variety : Shiraz | 100% Shiraz
winery : Plaisir De Merle
winemaker : Niel Bester
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 14.34 % vol  rs : 1.7 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver

ageing : The wine is ready to drink now, but it will gain in complexity and character with further cellaring for 3 - 7 years.

in the vineyard : Background
Established by the French Huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is a rare gem.

A Distell showpiece, this 974 hectare estate in Simondium, Paarl, has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines. About 400 hectares are planted with a variety of noble grape cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec. An area of only about 80 hectares of prime vineyards has been set aside for the Plaisir de Merle cellar. Winemaker Niel Bester, who has gained fame in producing classically styled yet accessible wines, attributes the success of his wines to being able to work with great fruit coming from a very unique terrain and the invaluable input from his viticulture team.

The vineyards
The diversity of the soils, slopes and elevations all add to the quality of Plaisir de Merle fruit. Well-drained weathered granite soils (predominantly Tukulu and Hutton) with good water retention allow minimal interference in irrigation with most vineyards being dry land. There are two vineyards that contribute to this wine: the first was planted in 1993 and is situated between 250 m and 300m above sea level on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg; the second is five years younger and situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg at about 150 m above sea level.

Viticulturist: Freddie le Roux

about the harvest: The older vineyard produces wine with loads of spice and white pepper and the younger contributes berry fruit and concentrated plum flavours. The grapes were harvested on the 11th and 12th of March respectively.

in the cellar : The grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. After crushing, yeast was added and the juice was pumped over the skins daily to extract colour until fermentation was completed. Upon completion of fermentation the wine was left on the skins for a further week to macerate and then racked and transferred to barrels for further maturation. The wine was matured in a combination of new and second-fill American and French oak for 12 to 16 months.

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