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Villiera Merlot 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Jeff Grier
Main Variety
Merlot
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
13.8 %vol
pH
3.57
RS
2.39 g/l
TA
5.47 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Medium
Taste
Fragrant

Accolades

2016 SA Wine Index score - 91 points
2015 Gold Wine Awards - Gold
2015 Michelangelo Awards - Gold

Tasting Notes

The colour of the wine is brilliant red. The aroma shows hints of wood spice with attractive red berry fruit. On the palate the wine is rich and full with juicy soft tannins and good acidity. The wine has a long finish but is drinkable at present. It will however mature for up to six years from vintage.

Ageing Potential

It will however mature for up to six years from vintage.

Blend Information

100% Merlot

About The Harvest

In 2015, good, healthy fruit was picked at optimum ripeness – determined by aroma assessment (i.e. maximum fruit intensity).

In The Cellar

The wine was fermented in rototanks between 20° C and 25° C with 30% whole berries. Of the total 40% was pre-soaked for 2 days. 

Oak Maturation: 25% centre of France new tight grain barrels 75% used French oak barrels for 10 months.

Other Vintages

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Villiera Merlot 2012 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2011 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2010 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2009 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2008 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2007 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2006 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2004 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot Pinotage 2001 Jeff Grier, Anton Smal Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2001 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot/Pinotage 1999 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 1998 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 1997 Jeff Grier Merlot

Additional Information
Merlot was initially planted as a blending partner for Cabernet Sauvignon. The softer style was designed to round off the Cabernet Sauvignon. When the market indicated a liking for softer red wine, Merlot was included in our range as a stand-alone variety.

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