The Inaugural South African Women’s Wine competition have awarded Fort Simon, Fortress Hill Merlot 2015 a gold medal in the Merlot category. The gold award signifies a wine of exceptional quality. The Cape wine academy appointed Lizette Tolken, Pearl Oliver, Hannetjie Joubert, Catherine Dillion,Karen Feitag, Andrè van Rooyen, Karin Visser, Wanda Cronjè and Sunè van der Merwe in the exciting double-blind tasting held on 10 June 2016. The diverse group of women tasked with the judging were thrilled with the entries and the quality of the wines. The aim was to find gold medal winners.
Our Cellar Master Stander Maass, had dedicated many hours crafting this award winning wine and is pleased with the fruit of his labor. His wine making process started in the last week of February where specially selected blocks were hand harvested with sugar levels between 24.o5B and 25oB. The grapes were cold soaked for 48 hours and the pulp was inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks after which the wine was aged in new French Oak barrels for 6 months and then moved to older French Oak barrels for 9 months.
The result is a Merlot of dark red colour, with flavours of red berries and plums. The Merlot is well balanced on the palate, with soft wood nuances in the background and a lingering black fruit aftertaste. Fort Simon would like to congratulate Stander Maass and his team on this prestigious award.
Fortress Hill Merlot is available for sale. Orders can be placed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 021 906 0304. Alternatively pop into our tasting room to meet the team.