2006 Mundus Vini International Wine Awards - Gold
Medium bodied, soft tannin wine, with ripe plum and fruit aromas on the nose that carry through as flavours on the palate. These fruit flavours are complimented by a crisp, well integrated acidity and a smoky, cigar box finish, affording this wine comfortable 5 year maturation potential.
This wine will comfortably mature for another 5 years.
This Merlot with its ripe plum, soft fruity tannins can be enjoyed with curries, stews and roasted meat dishes. It is a recommended partner for smoked gammon, chicken liver or duck.
Normally in the late afternoon, a southerly wind blows off the sea and cools the Merlot grapes to ensure optimum ripening conditions. The vineyards were carefully pruned and suckered to ensure that optimum ripened grapes were harvested for the production of the 2005 Merlot Cellar Selection wine.
These grapes were cultivated and harvested from different blocks on Kleine Zalze. The grapes were picked early in the morning, destalked and cold soaked at 12Â°C for 3 days.
The juice was fermented dry on the skins, the skins pressed and only 5% of the press juice was blended back into the final blend. Malolactic fermentation then followed with 70% completion in the tank and 30% in 300L French oak barrels. After blending, the wine was matured in second- and third-fill 300L French oak barrels for 12 months.