Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Merlot 2016

Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Merlot 2016

This Merlot has a beautiful deep crimson hue. Unmistakable aromas of blackberries, cassis and ripe plums seduce the nose while also showing gentle whiffs of cedar. Full bodied and complex, this wine has a juicy mouth-feel, with mineral tones evident in the background. The palate is layered with plush fruit, dark chocolate and supported by firm tannins that lead to a luscious and persistent finish.

Best served with hearty dishes like Grilled T-bone with Herbed Butter, Osso Bucco or try with a Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake.
Chef's Special: Beef Wellington

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Gielie Beukes
wine of origin : Wellington
analysis : alc : 13.4 % vol  rs : 3.7 g/l  pH : 3.47  ta : 6.9 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  


SAWi Rating: 88 points
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2006 Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2007 Double Gold Veritas Awards 2010
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2008 Silver Veritas Awards 2011
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2008 88 points Parker Points

ageing : Enjoy now or keep up to 2025

A classic Merlot with a velvety balance of red and black fruit and well integrated oak.

in the vineyard : From our premium vineyard.

about the harvest: Hand picked, with bunch sorting done at the cellar.

in the cellar : After 24 hours of cold soaking, to enhance the colour, fermentation was started. Fermentation temperatures ranged between 22° - 26° C. Two pump-overs were done daily. The wine finished fermentation on the skins. Extended skin contact up to 7 days, produced a full wine with firm tannins yet elegant with lots of juicy fruit. The wine was aged for 12 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

Wine was bottled in May 2017.

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