Linton Park de Slange Rivier 2014

Linton Park de Slange Rivier 2014

A blend of noble red wine cultivars. Full-bodied, complex bouquet with flavours of blackberry, mulberry and blackcurrant accompanied by leather and meaty tones. Well balanced with a delicate oak finish.

Rack of Lamb, Roasted Beef or medium to spicy Thai dishes. Best at a temperature between 16° C and 17° C.

variety : Blend - Red [ 60% Merlot, 40% Shiraz ]
winemaker : JG Auret
wine of origin : Wellington
analysis : alc : 15.5 % vol  rs : 2.6 g/l  pH : 3.80  ta : 4.7 g/l  va : 0.71 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

The vineyards are called De Slange Rivier (Serpent river) and was founded by French Huguenot Louis Fourie in 1699, granted by Cape Governor Adrian Van Der Stel. 84 Hectares under vine nestling on the high slopes of the Groenberg Mountain, Wellington District with sweeping views across to Table Mountain.

in the vineyard : Cool breeze micro-climate, one of the highest vineyards in South Africa with temperatures 6°C cooler than the valley giving our grapes slow ripening. Our vines thrive on the decomposed high mineral granite Oakleaf with sub -dominant Grenrosa and Tukulu soil formations on the mountain. The blocks are carefully manipulated for high concentrated flavour with low yields. Controlled irrigation and 7 strand hedge system with moveable foliage wires. The high trellis system ensures perfect vertical shoot positioning and bunch management is done to ensure even ripe grapes. Hand harvest in February at dawn to keep grapes cool for vinification. The Merlot vines average 13 years old.

about the harvest: Hand harvest

in the cellar : De-stemming and crushing. Maceration and controlled fermentation at 25°C during 10-14 days, in stainless steel tanks with pump overs twice a day. Pressing. Malolactic fermentation was finished 2-6 weeks after the end of alcoholic fermentation. Twelve months matured in 1st 2nd and 3rd fill Oak barrels, carefully selected French and American oak barrels to match sensory. Stabilizing Filteringbr /Bottling and labelling at the Estate. Composition: 100% Merlotbr /12 months maturation French & American Oak Barrels

OTHER VINTAGES - not for sale

Blend - Red
Blend - Red