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Plaisir de Merle Malbec 2011

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Niel Bester
Main Variety
Malbec
Appellation
Paarl
Alcohol
14.6 %vol
pH
3.68
RS
2.4 g/l
TA
5.4 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Tasting Notes

Colour: Vibrant red.
Bouquet: Red berry fruit, with hints of sweet oak.
Taste: Cherries, red fruit on the palate with a creamy oak finish and softtannins.

Ageing Potential

Although very drinkable, this wine will benefit from further ageing for another three to five years

Blend Information

100% Malbec

Food Suggestions

This versatile wine will pair well with spicy Mexican, Cajun, Indian or Italian fare (especially with tomato-based sauces). Enjoyable too with semi-hard cheeses, barbecue foods, chilli and sausage.

In The Vineyard

Background
Established by the French Huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is a rare gem.

A Distell showpiece, this 974 hectare estate in Simondium, Paarl, has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines. About 400 hectares are planted with a variety of noble grape cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec. An area of only about 80 hectares of prime vineyards has been set aside for the Plaisir de Merle cellar. Cellarmaster Niel Bester attributes the success of his wines to being able to work with great fruit coming from a very unique terrain and the invaluable input from his viticulture team.

The vineyards
The diversity of the soils, slopes and elevations is closely linked with the quality of Plaisir de Merle wines. Well-drained weathered granite soils (predominantly Tukulu and Hutton) with good water retention therefore no supplementary irrigation is required.

Viticulturist: Freddie le Roux

About The Harvest

The grapes were harvested from a single, 13 year old vineyard situated about 270 m above sea at 24.5° Balling.

In The Cellar

The grapes were destalked and crushed into a small stainless steel fermenter. The juice was pumped over the skins at regular intervals to extract colour, flavour and tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300-litre new and second-fill French oak barrels. After racking the wine off the lees it was returned to the barrels for a total period of 16 months.

Other Vintages

Plaisir de Merle Malbec 2015 Niel Bester Malbec
Plaisir de Merle Malbec 2011 Niel Bester Malbec
Plaisir de Merle Malbec 2010 Niel Bester Malbec
Plaisir de Merle Malbec 2008 Niel Bester Malbec

CONTACT DETAILS

Plaisir De Merle

phone  +27.218741071
fax  +27.218741689

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