Fortress Hill Merlot 2014
The grapes came from vineyards planted at 185 to 210 meters above sea level in decomposed granite soil. The trellised vines were planted from 1990 to 1991.
Selected blocks were hand harvested in the second week of March 2013 with sugar levels between 24.5°B and 25°B. The grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for 48 hours. After 48 hours the pulp was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermentation took place at 25°C. The wine was pressed at 3°B. MLF (malolactic fermentation) took place in stainless steel tanks and the wine was aged with new French oak (medium toasted) in tank for 6 months. Thereafter the wine was aged in older French oak barrels for 12 months. After 12 months in barrel the wine was taken out, stabilised and bottled.
The wine is dark ruby in colour. On the nose the wine is fruity with flavours of prunes, plums and notes of spiciness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with soft tannins that lingers of dry fruit.
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