Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2016

Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2016

An inviting brick-red colour fills the glass. This Merlot shows all the characteristics of a cooler-climate region, with aromas of green tomato leaf and meaty, Parma ham and green bell pepper aromas in particular. On the palate, the wine shows remarkable mouth-watering acidity with phenomenal
length, while light and plushy tannins form the backbone. Hints of sundried tomatoes, oregano and bay leaf refine a gorgeous herbaceous finish. While this wine will age beautifully, both pedigree and quality are immediately evident.


variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Philip Costandius
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 3.3 g/l  pH : 3.31  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : The 2016 vintage was a challenging one; warm conditions from the end of October through to late January restricting vine growth, leading to reduced
bunch weights. The dry conditions helped ensure excellent grape quality, with smaller berry sizes bringing concentrated flavour and colour. Judicious
irrigation and soils with excellent water holding capacity ensured our vineyards avoided water stress and helped us to produce another fantastic harvest.

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested and sorted carefully by hand.
Harvested: 22 February 2016 at 23.4° Balling

in the cellar : Grapes were harvested and sorted carefully by hand, and cold-soaked for 3 days before fermentation was initiated. Pump overs were performed three times daily. Wines were matured for 18 months in 300L French oak barrels in 25% new oak.

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