Kunjani Wines Merlot 2017

Kunjani Wines Merlot 2017

The Kunjani Merlot 2017 shows a deep crimson colour. A beautiful complex fusion of sweet caramel, red bell peppers, tobacco and spice is shown on the nose. The wine’s palate entrance is smooth with ripe tannins that coats the palate. Layered flavours fill the mid-palate with dark fruit, tobacco and a spice element. The oak sweetness adds depth to the mid-palate and is carried by just enough lime acidity to keep the palate fresh. The wine has great intensity and concentration that adds to the linger on the aftertaste. A beautiful balance exist between the oak component, layered fruit, lime acidity and the liquorice expression from the alcohol.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winery : Kunjani Wines
winemaker : Carmen Stevens
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 2.73 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 53.44 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : The Kunjani Merlot 2017 displays all the components for ageing up to 7 years.

in the vineyard : The Merlot is grown in the small ward of Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. Devon Valley is slightly cooler than the Stellenbosch, resulting in later
picking of the fruit. This longer hang time ensures that the fruit reaches phenolic ripeness. Any weed competition is eliminated with a cover crop that is also beneficial to the nutrient requirement of the vine.

in the cellar : Fruit is handpicked in 20kg lug boxes and delivered to the cellar early morning. Grapes are hand sorted and destemmed to eliminate any green matter. The fruit is cold soaked for 4 to 5 days while rack-andreturns are used as an extraction method. Good colour and tannin extraction are achieved before yeast is added. The fermentation temperatures are controlled at 23 to 24°C. After pressing, the wine is transferred to barrel for secondary fermentation where it is matured for a further 14 months. Only 13% of Oak is new and the balance is 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels.

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