Mooiplaas Mercia Watershed Pinot Noir 2018
(R1,644.00 for 6 x 750ml)
The Watershed is made in the classical cold climate style, driven by intense fruit of red berries with perfectly integrated acidity and a good structure. The wine should evolve well over time, with ample structure and concentration to age for 8 to 10 years.
Pair with salmon, tuna, roasted duck and pulled pork.
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The Watershed takes pride of place as the highest vineyards on Mooiplaas, with a panoramic view of the Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain. At an altitude of 370m above
sea level, cool southerly winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean create ideal ripening conditions for grapes of exceptional quality.
Harvest date: 14 February 2018. Harvested by hand.
Yield: 17 hl- and 2.8 tonnes/ha
Grapes were de-stemmed but weren’t crushed (whole berries). Cold soaking took place for 2 days. Fermentation took place over 7 days on the skins in open bin liners at 24 – 28 0C.
Punched down 5 times a day, pressed with a pneumatic press. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation occurred.
Barrel profile: Specially selected 225L and 300L barrels. Wine was aged for 9 months.
French oak barrels, 3rd and 4rd fill.
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