2015 Platter's South African Wine Guide - 3 stars
A wine with tremendous balance of fruit, tannin and oak. Ripe plum and mint flavours support a juicy mid palate that lingers and lingers.
In The Vineyard
Vines planted: 2001,2002
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable perold
About The Harvest
Canopy management of Merlot is critical. The crop was thinned out to one bunch per shoot and the canopies kept open. The grapes had a long ripening period.
In The Cellar
The grapes were carefully selected over the sorting table. The grapes had cold maceration for 2 days in stainless steel tanks and open tanks. The juice was pumped over and the cap punched down three times a day. The juice was left on the skins for 10 days after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation and ageing took place in 300L French Oak barrels. 20% new wood, 50% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill.