CAPE SUN RESERVE MERLOT 2014
MERLOT TASTING NOTES
Dark cherry and plum nose with a spicy palate. Well balanced ripe fruit with a persistent soft tannin finish. Mouth filling, smooth and sweet.
100% Merlot, matured in second fill French oak for 12 months.
The unique character of this wine lies in the influence of the different vineyards from which the grapes were sourced. The grapes were selected from two distinctly different vineyards - one on a sunny, north-facing hill, chosen for the prominent varietal aromas of the grapes, and the other on a cool, south-facing slope, chosen for the sound structure the grapes would impart to the wine
ABOUT THE HARVEST
Hand harvested during March between 25° - 26° Balling.
IN THE CELLAR
The grapes from these two vineyards were vinified separately. After 24 hours of cold soaking, the must was fermented on the skins (between 26°C and 28°C) in closed, specially designed auto fermenters (until dry). During this period the maximum fruit, colour and tannin extraction from the skins was made possible through very soft, continuous timer-regulated pump-over cycles. To soften the texture, the wine was left on the skins for one week after the fermentation period. Controlled malolactic fermentation took place in tank after which the wine was matured for 15 months in small oak using new French oak barrels.