The Game Reserve Merlot 2015

The Game Reserve Merlot 2015

The nose shows aromas of fresh cassis, black plums, violets and a minty character. Succulent berry fruits and plum pudding nuances, supported by spice and cedar wood flavours on the palate. A medium-structured wine with elegant ripe tannins on the finish.

Sublime with steak, hearty casseroles, roast chicken or lamb shanks.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : The Game Reserve Winemaking Team
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.00 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

The Cape Clawless Otter
The Cape clawless otter (Anonyx capensis) is the larger of the two species found on the African continent. Humans are the most significant threat to this species with degraded river systems and overfishing posing a far greater threat than hunting. Fortunately through the diligent restoration of the Vink River which runs through the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy we’ve successfully been able to provide a safe habitat for this remarkable creature, encouraging a healthy re-population and providing regular sightings along the river banks

in the vineyard : Selected Merlot vineyards from Firgrove, Stellenbosch and Constantia planted on decomposed granite soils and Groenekloof planted on well weathered deep red soils.

about the harvest: Handpicked at optimum ripeness at 24° - 25° B in March 2014

in the cellar : Aerated pump overs with extended maceration after alcoholic fermentation . Gentle handling ensures upfront fruit flavours and soft extraction. Barrel maturation for 12 months in 1st (20 %), 2nd (40 %) and 3rd (40 %) fill French Oak.

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