Arid Merlot – no sulphites added
Artisan no added sulphur Merlot from Stellenbosch South Africa
Deep ruby with red fruit on the nose. Soft in the mouth and very smooth with red berry flavours.
Medium bodied with medium weight on the palate, great balance between the fruit, natural acidity and the light oak.
Great wine in a lighter elegant style rather than the typical South African powerhouse.
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MERLOT 2021 Naturally Preserved
No Sulphur Added • Un-filtered • Un-fined • Vegan Friendly
Wine Composition: 100% Merlot
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Bottling Date: 3 June 2022
Packaging: Cases x 6, 750ml glass bottle
The single vineyard Merlot is rooted in Tukulu soils, which are derived from ancient, decomposed granite. The vineyard is situated on a cooler Southern facing slope, and together with the cool Atlantic breezes it has a long ripening period which ensures the even ripening of the berries with a naturally crisp acidity that is evident on the palate.
Harvesting was done by hand at 22⁰B. Ten percent was whole-bunch fermented and the balance in a stainless steel tank at an average of 24⁰C to minimalize the extraction of green tannins. A Natural Rooibos & Honeybush wood extract is used as a natural preservative during fermentation and ageing. Ageing took place in a stainless-steel tank with an addition of 1,5g/ℓ French oak staves to add longevity to the structure. No filtration or stabilizing was done before bottling, therefore harmless sediment may occur over time.
Colour: Violet red
Aroma: Forest floor; Blackcurrants; Beetroot ; Musk
Palate: Lean body with a supple consistency; Crisp black fruit
Alc: 13,5% ; RS: 4.2 g/ℓ ; TA: 5.4 g/ℓ ; pH: 3,54 ; FSO2: 2 ; TSO2:10
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