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Swartland, Paarl, Overberg and Stellenbosch in Western Cape.
Proximity to Ocean: 20-60km. Soils: Clovelly, Hutton and Estcourt.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS
Trellised vines, 18 to 20 years old and planted on north-eastern slopes. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 10 tons per hectare.Temperature: Winter 9° - 18°C; Summer 14° - 26°C. Annual Rainfall: 650mm
Grapes were harvested at 24° Balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.
Rich, regal red
Aromas of ripe red and black berries, plums and an undertow of eucalyptus and mint. This Merlot offers juicy fruit and soft tannins.
WHEN TO DRINK
Best as a winter warmer around the fire with friends. Enjoy with lamb casserole with dried fruit, a Moroccan beef and prune or vegetable tagine.