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Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2015

R243.00

Ripe plum colour with a ruby rim.  The nose shows ripe fruit flavours, black cherries, plum, spice and a touch of chocolate.  The ripeness of the fruit is balanced by fresh fruit acidity with soft wood and fruit tannins.  The aftertaste is long and lasting.

ORIGIN

The grapes were all selected from the Vergelegen vineyards; Rooiland and Stonepine.

 

VINIFICATION

The fruit was picked at peak physiological ripeness to avoid the necessity of adding acid and prevent the extraction of hard tannins. Picking took place from 23 February to 3 March 2015. . Fermentation took place at a consistent 25°C.  The young wine was left to macerate on its skins for a further 7 weeks before pressing.  Malolactic fermentation was induced in stainless steel tanks and was followed by maturation in 225l French oak barrels for 16 months before bottling on 18 January 2017.  Released December 2019.

 

COMPOSITION

Merlot – 100%

 

ANALYSIS

Alc  14.57%
RS    2.50 g/l
TA    6.3 g/l
pH    3.42

 

MATURATION

Accessible now but will continue to improve over the next decade.

Vergelegen Merlot 2015 

  • Atkin – 92
  • Platter – ’93 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Merlot 2014 

  • Atkin – 92
  • Platter – ’92 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Merlot 2013

  • Atkin – 92
  • Martin – 86
  • Platter – ’92 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Merlot 2012

  • Tanzer – 89
  • Atkin – 92

Vergelegen Merlot 2011

  • Tanzer – 91
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