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Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Niel Bester
Main Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Paarl
Alcohol
14.19 %vol
pH
3.6
RS
3.1 g/l
TA
6.1 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Full

Accolades

2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) - Gold Medal

Tasting Notes

Colour: Dark red.
Bouquet: Aromatic mulberry, spice and cedar notes on the nose.
Taste: Classic dark fruits, cassis and sweet notes of vanilla and blackberries. Rich and concentrated with ripe tannins that leads to a long soft and elegant finish .

Ageing Potential

This wine will mature well for ten years and more.

Blend Information

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Suggestions

Very versatile, this wine would best complement all red meat dishes.

In The Vineyard

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 allow minimal irrigation with most vineyards dry land situated on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg.

Situated on the east and northeast facing slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, Plaisir de Merle is bordered by the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. The vineyards, between 11 - 22 years of age, are located between 180m and 400m above sea level where high mountain peaks shade the vineyards from the hot, late afternoon sun. This slows down ripening, resulting in wines with a very typically rich fruit complexity and well-ripened tannins.
Viticulturist: Freddie le Roux

About The Harvest

The grapes were harvested from five different Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards at between 24.4° and 25.5° Balling.

In The Cellar

The grapes were destalked and fermented in 12 800 and 25 000 liter stainless steel tanks. The juice was pumped over the skins 2- 3 times daily to extract colour, tannins and flavour. Once fermentation was completed, the wine was left on the skins for a further 6-11 days to macerate. The wine was racked off the skins and malolactic fermentation was completed, partially in barrels and in tanks. The wine was then racked and transferred to French oak barrels to mature for 12 - 16 months.

Other Vintages

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Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir De Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir De Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 Niel Bester Cabernet Sauvignon

Additional Information
Established by the French Huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains situated 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. Winemaker 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.

CONTACT DETAILS

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phone  +27.218741071
fax  +27.218741689

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