Rickety Bridge Merlot 2018
(R810.00 for 6 x 750ml)
Notes of red cherry and ripe plum layered with herbal nuances and hints of oak spice on the nose. A juicy palate with red currants and blueberries gives way to lingering dark chocolate flavours. Well-structured with refined tannins and a lengthy finish.
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2 ½ hectares of well-manicured 16 year old vines grown in structured La Motte soils (alluvial with a high percentage of decomposed plant material in the lower levels). Yield of 6 tonnes / ha. Rickety Bridge Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 24.4˚ Balling in February 2018.
Fermentation took place in open fermentation tanks at 25 – 30˚C with 2 punch downs daily. The wines were pressed after 21 days up to 0.9 bar. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and maturation took place 20% new and 80% older French oak barrels for a total of 12 months.
Pair with traditional bobotie, spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, grilled chicken and beef stews.
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