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Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Niel Bester
Main Variety
Chardonnay
Appellation
Paarl
Alcohol
14.25 %vol
pH
3.42
RS
2.56 g/l
TA
5.62 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Tasting Notes

Colour: Light straw with a green tint.
Bouquet: Orange peel, pear, almonds and notes of oak and toast.
Taste: Flinty notes and stone fruit, citrus, lemon and green apple flavours. Toasty oak flavours, balanced with creaminess in a lingering aftertaste.

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

Food Suggestions

Enjoy on its own or with fish, white meats and salads.

In The Vineyard

The diversity of the soils, slopes and elevation 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. Grapes were sourced from three vineyards at Plaisir de Merle. The vines, ranging from 14 to 20 years in age, are situated between 250m and 450m above sea level on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg. The fourth vineyard is situated in the Robertson Valley.

Viticulturist: Freddie le Roux

About The Harvest

The grapes were harvested by hand at between 23.3° and 24.6° Balling.

In The Cellar

The juice of each vineyard was kept separately, clarified, and then 75% was fermented in 300-litre French oak barrels and the balance in stainless steel tanks. The wine in the barrels remained on the lees for nine months. A combination of first-fill (55%), second-fill (38%) and third-fill (7%) barrels was used. The barrels were rolled or stirred regularly to suspend the lees in order to gain complexity, better integrate the oak flavours, and add to the mouth-feel of the wine. Partial malolactic fermentation increases complexity and adds to a fuller mouth-feel. The individual barrels were then tasted and the blend composed.

Other Vintages

Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2016 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2015 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2013 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2012 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2011 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2010 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2009 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2008 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2007 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2006 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2005 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2005 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2003 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2002 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2001 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2000 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir De Merle Chardonnay 1999 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir De Merle Chardonnay 1997 Niel Bester Chardonnay
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 1996 Niel Bester Chardonnay

Additional Information
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, and 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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fax  +27.218741689

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