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Welmoed Merlot 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Bernard Claassen
Main Variety
Merlot
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.05 %vol
pH
3.47
RS
3.58 g/l
TA
5.79 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Medium
Taste
Herbaceous

Tasting Notes

The palate shows ripe berry fruit, with a hint of mint and a spicy edge. Nose reminiscent of mulberries, cassis and plums with underlying nuances of wood and vanilla. Medium to full bodied wine with well-integrated wood, balanced ripe fruit mid-palate, and a persistent, yet soft, tannin finish.


Ageing Potential

Ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age for three years.


Blend Information

100% Merlot

Food Suggestions

Excellent served with meat dishes or a platter of cold meats and pickled vegetables. Suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans.


In The Vineyard

The grapes were sourced from a selection of vineyards in the Stellenbosch region, prior to the harvest season. The vines are grown in a cool Mediterranean climate using a five-wire system within weathered granite soil.


In The Cellar

The grapes were harvested at 23º to 25º Balling at the end of February and early March. Fermentation took place at 24º to 27º Celsius in static red fermenters, followed by a two-day cold soak to achieve an intense extract. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in stainless steel tanks with 2g/lt of selected medium toast French oak staves for approximately eight months.


Other Vintages

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Welmoed Merlot 2014 Bernard Claassen Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2010 Bernard Claassen Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2009 Stephan Smit Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2008 Stephan Smit Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2007 Stephan Smit Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2005 Stephan Smit Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2004 Our Winemaking team Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2001 Chris Kelly Merlot
Welmoed Merlot 2001 Chris Kelly Merlot

Additional Information

The grapes were sourced from a selection of vineyards in the Stellenbosch region, prior to the harvest season. The vines are grown in a cool Mediterranean climate using a five-wire system within weathered granite soil.

Viticulturist: Francois de Villiers