Groote Post Merlot 2018

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Lukas Wentzel
Main Variety - Merlot
Alcohol - 14.89 %vol
pH - 3.47
RS - 2.2 g/l
Total Acid - 5.4 g/l
Appellation - Darling

Characteristics

Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Full
Taste - Fruity


Accolades

2018 Platter's South African Wine Guide - 3½ stars
2017 Veritas Awards - Gold
2015 Platter's South African Wine Guide - 3 stars
2018 Micheal Angelo - Silver

Tasting Notes

Ripe red fruit and herbal highlights with a lively eucalyptus edge on the nose. The palate display sour cherry and dark chocolate supported by good tannins with good acidity.


Blend Information

100% Merlot

In The Vineyard

Vines planted: 2001,2002
Soil: Hutton
Yield: 7 t/ha
Irrigation: Supplementary
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable perold
Elevation: 200m

About The Harvest

2017 was the midway mark of the four year drought, producing a small grape crop. The vines responded with top quality juice with lower ph’s and higher acids. Good concentration and structure in the reds will see the wine develop well in the bottle and age magnificently.


In The Cellar

The grapes were carefully selected over the sorting table. The grapes had cold maceration for 2 days in stainless steel and open tanks. The juice was pumped over and the cap punched down three to four times a day. The juice was left on the skins for 14 days after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation and ageing took place in 300L French Oak barrels, 35% new wood, 50% 2nd fill and 15% 3rd fill.



Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Groote Post Merlot 2019 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2018 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2017 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2016 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2015 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2014 - SOLD OUT Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2013 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2012 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2011 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2010 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2009 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2008 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2007 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2006 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2005 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2004 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2003 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2002 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2001 Lukas Wentzel Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2000 Francois van Zyl Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 1999 Adi Badenhorst Merlot

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