Cape of Good Hope Parel Vallei Merlot 2012

Cape of Good Hope Parel Vallei Merlot 2012

Attractive cherry fruitcake and black berry aromas tinged with a faint hint of choc mint. This is a wine that is all about texture and mouth feel: softly rounded and plush with abundant ripe plum- and spicy cherry fruit flavour with a touch of tobacco leaf. Gently seductive and alluring with beautiful integration of oak. Lovely freshness throughout. Harmoniously long finish.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Dawie Botha
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.37 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 5.2 g/l  va : 0.61 g/l  so2 : 129 mg/l  fso2 : 22 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Herbaceous   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : The proprietor of Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Johann Rupert, has taken a personal interest in this parcel of fruit – since it is planted literally in his backyard.

about the harvest: AVERAGE TEMP: 17.7°C RAINFALL: 851.9mm HARVESTING BEGAN: 22/02/2013 HARVESTING ENDED: 22/02/2013 ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Helderberg SOIL TYPE: Clay YIELD: 4ton/ha.

in the cellar : The grapes were hand-sorted, and fermented in 225 L new French oak barrels. After fermentation we extended skin contact for a further 10 days before pressing the wine. The total days on the lees was approximately 45 days. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the same barrels. It was aged in the same new French oak barrels for 24 months and bottle-aged for 24 months.