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STEENBERG MERLOT 2016

p/b R185.00

Wine Club price R157.25 p/b

Our 2016 Merlot is an excellent expression of the cultivar: rich with juicy red fruit and characteristic herbal highlights of lavender, fennel and anise with a lively eucalyptus edge. The nose offers cherry and redcurrant, while the palate reveals sour cherry, dark chocolate and spicy clove. Velvety texture is enhanced by refreshing acidity, while well-integrated tannins add structure. This fuller-bodied wine will stand up to rich dishes with strong Mediterranean flavours, such as braised and roast meats, tomato-based stews, mature cheeses and briny olives. Will bottle age well for five to seven years after bottling.

Award pedigree: 2011 vintage: Veritas Double Gold |2012 vintage: Winner: Young Winemaker of the Year

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ALCOHOL: 14%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.2g / litre
TOTAL ACID: 5.3g / litre
PH: 3.5

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 29 cm

In The Cellar

Intensive suckering and crop reduction helps concentrate the fruit and ensure that the Merlot has good colour and a distinctive character. The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23-25°B, after which the juice was cold soaked at 10°C for five days and fermented on the skins for 10 – 14 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 28°C. The wine was then transferred to a combination of 55% new, 30% 2nd, 10% 3rd and 5% 4th fill French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and left to mature for 15 months. It then underwent a light fining before bottling in the second week of November 2017.

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