Le Bon Espoir Merlot 2016

Le Bon Espoir

A PASSION FOR PERFECTION

Winemaking

This wine consists of only one cultivar, Merlot. The grapes were handpicked and grapes were selected out of varies blocks of Merlot.  The grapes came in at 24.5 Balling, were destemmed and cold maturation lasted 12 hours.  After cold maturation, the pulp was inoculated with a yeast strain and fermentation took place for a period of 17 days at a temperature of 24-26C.  In this 17 day period regular (4 times per day) pump overs were done.  The juice was pressed when the fermentation finished witch paved the road for Malolactic fermentation to start and finish in 19 days thereafter.  The wine matured in 100% French oak barrels for a period of 12 months.  After maturation, the wine was prepared for bottling.

Cellar Master Comment:

Expressive black fruit with aromas of raspberries, blackberries and plums.  The wine is well balanced with soft tannins and a smooth, velvety, long finish.   Maturation potential 8-10 years.

Character:

Flavours of raspberries and blackberries.

Enjoy with red meat and poultry dishes.

Best enjoyed at 18 degrees Celsius.

 

Analysis:

Alcohol

RS

TA

VA

14,5%

4,2

5,6

0,55

FSO2

TSO2

pH

38

101

3,52