Mooiplaas Mercia Laatlam NLH 2014
(R1,758.00 for 6 x 750ml)
This is the first noble late harvest wine to be bottled on Mooiplaas. Nose shows the typical botrytis character, dried apricot & prune, great concentration and sweetness, backed by good acidity. The extended barrel ageing time adds to the complexity of the wine.
Delicious with a strong blue cheese!
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The vineyard is located 280m above sea level on a west facing slope in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch. South-westerly winds from the Atlantic ocean lead to lower risk of sour rot when rot does occur, making the location ideal for a Noble Late Harvest.
Harvest date: 15 April 2013. Harvested by hand.
Yield: 5 hl/ha and 830kg/ha
Grapes were left on the vines until noble rot took place. The grapes were sorted to remove sour rot, destemmed and left on skins for about 24h. The grapes were pressed using a cheesecloth - a very hands-on process - to extract the (syrupy) juice. The juice was fermented until midway (11% v/v), in order to retain the sweet taste.
Fermentation was stopped by the use of dry ice. After fermentation the wine was transferred to 2 225L
French oak barrels to be aged for 30 months. The wine was then roughly filtered and
bottled by hand.
Barrel profile: 50% 2nd fill and 50% 3rd fill. 100% French oak.
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