Linton Park Merlot 2012

Linton Park Merlot 2012

Plumy and stewed fruit on the nose, with rich plum ripe fruit on the pallet along with an almond touch. Well balanced with a delicate oak finish. This wine has a good tandand structure that will allow further ageing. 12 months in French Oak, first, second and third fill.

Elegant stuffed veal medallions made with asparagus and provolone cheese breaded and fried, then slow cooked to a brilliant finish in a mushroom wine sauce. Best at a temperature between 16° C and 17° C.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : JG Auret
wine of origin : Wellington
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  ta : 5.3 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

The Vineyards are called De Slange Rivier (Serpent river) and was founded by French Huguenot Louis Fourie in 1699, land granted by Cape Governor Adrian Van Der Stel. 84 Hectares under vine nestling on the high slopes of the Groenberg Mountain, Wellington District with sweeping views across to Table Mountain.

in the vineyard : Climate / Quality of the soil/ Vines
Cool breeze micro-climate, one of the highest vineyards in South Africa with temperatures 6°C cooler than the valley giving our grapes slow ripening. Our vines thrive on the decomposed high mineral granite Oakleaf with sub -dominant Grenrosa and Tukulu soil formations on the mountain. The blocks are carefully manipulated for high concentrated flavour with low yields. Controlled irrigation and 7 strand hedge system with moveable foliage wires. The high trellis system ensures perfect vertical shoot positioning and bunch management is done to ensure even ripe grapes. Hand harvest in February at dawn to keep grapes cool for vinification. The Merlot vines average 13 years old.

Viticulturist: Rudolph Jansen van Vuuren.

about the harvest: Hand harvesting

in the cellar : De-stemming and crushing
Maceration and controlled fermentation at 25°C during 10-14 days, in stainless steel tanks with pump overs twice a day
Malolactic fermentation was finished 2-6 weeks after the end of alcoholic fermentation.
Twelve months matured in 1st 2nd and 3rd fill Oak barrels, carefully selected French and American oak barrels to match sensory.
Stabilizing Filtering
Bottling and labelling at the Estate

Composition: 100% Merlot
12 months maturation French & American Oak Barrels

OTHER VINTAGES - not for sale