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
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