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Eikendal Merlot 2020

R202.00

(R1,212.00 for 6 x 750ml)

The Eikendal Merlot has an attractive nose that reminds one of forest floor, violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices. On the palate the wine and full and rounded, with soft tannins and a rich taste of black berries and plums. The elegant finish is long and pleasant.

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Please Note: Vintages subject to change

Vineyards:
The Stellenbosch vineyards are situated 170m above sea level and planted in “Koffieklip'' (“Coffee Stone”), as well as decomposed granite soil with a clay layer 1m deep in an east-west row direction.

Vitification:
The planting is 1.2m x 2.4m in vertical shoot positioning with spur pruning. (Clone 348A.) The age of the vineyard is between 8-12 years and under irrigation. The yield approximately 2kg per vine and berry aromatic sequence module is used for determining ripeness.

Vinification:
The grapes were hand-picked in small crates and cooled down in a pre-cooler to 1˚C. Berry sorting into the cellar. The grapes were not crushed, only destemmed after which it was cold soaked for up to 15 days. Long and slow fermentation was maintained with minimal punch downs. Malolactic fermentation occurred in the barrel. The wine was matured for 16 months in 300l custom made Burgundian oak barrels – 20% new oak and 80% 2nd and 3rd fill.

Wine analysis:
Sugar: 2.3 g/ℓ; Total acid: 5.9 g/ℓ; pH: 3.52; Alcohol: 14% vol.
Maturation: Up to 5 years if cellared correctly
Serving suggestion: 18ºC-20ºC. Pair with Crispy Duck, Cassoulet, Spaghetti Puttanesca

Awards & Accolades:
4.5 Stars Platter’s 2020
93 Points Tim Atkin 2019
Double Gold National Wine Challenge 2019

Data sheet

Winemaker
Nico Grobler
Wine of Origin
Stellenbosch
Blend
100% Merlot
Pack Size
1 x 750ml Bottle

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