Fort Simon Merlot 2015

A PASSION FOR PERFECTION

Winemaking

This wine consists of only one cultivar, Merlot. The grapes were handpicked and grapes were selected out of our best block of Merlot.  The grapes came in at 25 Balling, were destemmed and cold maturation lasted 48 hours.  After cold maturation, the pulp was inoculated with a yeast strain and fermentation took place for a period of 14 days at a temperature of 25-26C.  In this 14 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 18 days thereafter.  The wine matured in 100% French oak barrels for a period of 24 months.  After maturation, the wine was prepared for bottling.

Cellar Master Comment:

This Merlot is a display of distinctive characteristics that are found in the Merlot vineyards of Fort Simon.  A fresh fruity nose shows subtle aromas of rich red berries, plum flavours, dried fruit and a hint of cherry chocolate.  On the palate, you experience the soft velvety round tannins, accompanied with a lingering taste of ripe berries.  Maturation potential 8-10 years.

Character:

Flavours of red berries and cherry chocolate.

Enjoy with meaty pasta and red meat dishes.

Best enjoy at 18 degree Celsius.

 

Analysis:

Alcohol

RS

TA

VA

14,5%

4,5

6

0,48

FSO2

TSO2

pH

31

82

3,54