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GLASS COLLECTION MERLOT 2018

R125.00

The Merlot is a deep rich coloured wine. It displays intense dark fruit aromas and spicy plums with touches of spearmint on the edge. This Merlot shows tremendous concentration, richness and generous fruit on the palate combined with an intricate structure and well-balanced tannins.

Tim Atkin MW 2019
91/100

Veritas 2019
Gold Medal

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WEATHER CONDITIONS – Simonsberg, Stellenbosch

Leaf fall occurred earlier than usual post-harvest due to limited water. Winter only cooled o later with higher than usual temperatures. We only received 80% of expected winter rainfall. Warm spring simulated early culivars to have even and fast bud burst. Shoot growth varied due to temperature fluctuations which lead to faster suckering. Above average rainfall during flowering and berry set lead to unevenness between berries and bunches. ight time temperatures were cooler during ripening, which lead to good colour and flavour. Harvest started later but sped up mid-season and slow later due to rain showers. 13 February we saw large hail fall, but we had limited damage. espite the challenges and small a small harvest we will see great wines

WINEMAKING

The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was done by natural yeast with a miture of rack and returns and open pump overs. ost fermentation skin contact for 23 weeks and pressed gently. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels. Racked on average every 4 months. Matured during 12 months in oak.

GRAPE VARIETIES : 100% Merlot
PRODUCTION : 7,042 cases – 42,257 bottles
ANALYSIS : Alcohol: 14.5% Vol. Total Acidity: 5,2 g/L pH: 3,53 Residual Sugar: 2,2 g/L

Years

2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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