Rietvallei Wine Estate > John B Merlot 2023
R75.00 per bottle

R450.00 per 6 bottle case

John B Merlot 2023

John B Merlot 2023

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VITICULTURE

The Merlot vineyards were planted in 2019 in the rich calcareous soil.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness of between 24 and 25 °B and allowed to ferment naturally (wild yeast). During fermentation, the temperature was regulated at 25 – 28 °Celsius and the cap soaked with pump-overs every two to three hours. The wine fermented dry on the skins whereafter it was racked and lightly pressed. After malolactic fermentation started, a portion of the wine was transferred to older 300-litre French oak barrels where it was left to mature for 12 months. The other portion was tank matured with French oak staves.


THE WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

As would be expected from a Merlot this is a very smooth wine with a soft, juicy tannin structure. A wine with attractive red berry fruit on the nose that follows through on the palate with a touch of toasted oak. An easy drinking red for everyday enjoyment.


FOOD PAIRING AND SERVING SUGGESTION

Ideal match for red meats, pizza’s and pastas. Ideal for outdoor picnics and no need for a corkscrew, it’s screw-cap! Serve at room temperature (18°C) or slightly chilled.


WINE ANALYSIS

Residual Sugar: 3.1g/l
Alcohol: 12.87 %
Acidity: 6.2 g/l
PH: 3.45
VA: 0.60 g/l
Total Extract: 37.4 g/l
Total SO²: 130 mg/l
Free SO²: 31 mg/l


PACKAGING DETAILS

Bottle volume: 750ml
Case size: 6 x 750ml
Pallet size: 120 x 6 x 750ml
Case weight: 7.42 kg
Closure: Stelvin (Screw-cap)


 

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