Lifestyle Merlot

 

LS-MERLOT

Intense colour, the nose full of ripe fruit with chocolate and berry overtones. Concentrated fruit then fills the mouth with balanced sweetness. Perfect with white meats and white fish.

 

Tasting Notes

An unwooded, off-dry red wine. Intense colour, the nose full of ripe fruit with dark chocolate and almond overtones.

 

Enjoy With

Red or white meat dishes.

 

Wine Of Origin

Western Cape

 

Geography

Western Cape Province of South Africa – Paarl and surrounding areas.  Cold wet winters, hot dry summers.

 

In The Vineyard

Vineyards situated on cool, Southern slopes in the Paarl area.  Soils are deep, rich and well drained.  We prefer the grapes be planted in an East-West row direction.  5-Wire Perold system trellising.  Planting density at 1,2 x 2,7 metres. Basic canopy-, yield-, and crop management, additional watering after veraizon.

 

The Harvest

YIELD: 12 – 15 t/haBALLING AT HARVEST: 23,5 – 25 °B

 

In The Cellar

Fermented on skins, in stainless steel tanks @ 22 – 26°C for 7 – 12 days.  Pressed, racked.  Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.  Fined and filtered.  No wood treatment.

 

Blend Information

100% Merlot

 

Technical Analysis

Winemaker Ryan Puttick
Alcohol 13.5% Vol
pH 3.67
Residual Sugar 6.02 g/l
Total Acid 5.41g/l
Volatile Acid 0.45g/l
S02 43mg/l

 

Characteristics

Type Red
Style Off-dry
Taste Ripe Berries

 

 Awards

2007 Wine Magazine – Best Value
2004 Wine Magazine – Best Value