Welmoed Merlot 2019 (6/case) (R69/BOTTLE)
The 2018 harvest season was really challenging, due to a prolonged drought, which some believe to be the worst in 100 years. The Stellenbosch region’s vineyards had good bunch quality overall, although bunches were lighter than usual with less and smaller berries per bunch due to the drought conditions and water shortages. This led to a smaller wine grape harvest than in 2017.
The grapes were harvested at 23° to 25° Balling at the end of February and early March. Fermentation took place at 24° to 27° Celsius in static red fermenters, followed by a two-day cold soak to achieve an intense extract. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in stainless steel tanks with selected medium toast French oak staves for approximately eight months.
Ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age for three years.
Excellent served with meat dishes or a platter of cold meats and pickled vegetables.
Alcohol: 13.45 % by volume
Residual sugar: 3.47 g/l
Total acidity: 5.45 g/l