Region: Helderberg, Stellenbosch
The style of this wine was determined in the vineyard, with careful attention being given to green harvesting, canopy management as well as crop management. ALTITUDE ± 410 m above sea level
A late, cold and wet winter filled up the soil profiles. Cooler than normal soil temperatures and spring conditions allowed for even budding. The weather was favourable for flowering with less wind than normal. A cool March enhanced flavour retention and delayed harvest by two weeks. The vintage delivered pleasing quality. Maturation: 18 months in French oak barrels, 50 % new.
On the nose this vibrantly layered and sophisticated merlot exudes luscious aromas of wild jasmine, raspberry and plum with shavings of dark chocolate. This wine is savoury yet elegant with silky tannins and a touch of earthiness. It is harmoniously balanced with flavours of red berries, cedar and delicate herbal notes. The mid palate structure is defined with fresh, lingering acidity that neatly tapers to a dry finish.
Alcohol: 14.0 % RS: 3.2 g/litre TA: 6.2 g/litre pH: 3.32