Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2011

Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2011

The Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot has a vibrant, ruby red colour with an inviting nose of red cherries, raspberries and subtle vanilla oak spice. On the palate the wine is juicy with rich flavours of ripe summer berries and sweet red candy. Underlying notes of bay leaves and dark chocolate further enhance the complexity. The integrated, velvety oak tannins add structure and depth. The wine is well-balanced and full bodied, with lingering flavours of maraschino cherries on the finish. 

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Simon Thompson
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.84 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Herbaceous   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  


2014 John Platter Wine Guide - 4 Stars
2013 Robert Paker's Wine Advocate - 90 Points

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Merlot, MO192,343,348
Rootstock: R110
Planted: 2005
Row direction: E / W
Plant density: 2667 vines/ha
Soil type: Oakleaf and Glenrosa
Trellis system: VSP
Pruning: 2 bud Spurs
Irrigation: Supplementary drip
Picking date: 24-02-2011
Grape sugar: 25°B
Acidity: 4.5 g/l
pH at harvest: 3.82

in the cellar : Bunch and berry sorting: By hand
Crushing and destemming: Delicate processing
Pump overs: 3 times per day
Cold soak: 3 Days
Yeast: BDX Red
Fermentation temperature: Max 28°C
Wood maturation: 16 months in 300 litre French oak barrels, 50% new

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