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Ridgeback Merlot 2017 per Case

Ridgeback Merlot 2017 per Case

4.5* Platters | 91 Wine Mag

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Price per Bottle: R 500.00
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 AWARDS:

4.5 Stars - Platters Guile
Gold - Michaelangelo Awards
91 Points - Wine Mag
92 points - Gilbert et gaillard

 

WINEMAKING:

  • The bunches were destemmed onto the sorting table ensuring the removal of all stalks and retaining a whole berry component of 30% in the fermenter.
  • The mash was then cold soaked overnight at 12 degrees Celsius.
  • Fermentation was done in open stainless-steel fermenters at 24-28 degrees Celsius using a commercial yeast strain specifically suited to the cultivar.
  • Pumpovers were done 3-4 times daily to extract flavour and tannins for structure.
  • The mash was pressed immediately after primary fermentation was completed to avoid harsh tannin extraction.
  • The wine was gravity fed to 225l French oak barrels after Malo-lactic fermentation.
  • Maturation in 27% new, 44% second fill and 29% third fill French oak barrels lasted for 17 months and the wine was then lightly filtered prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES:

Intense aromatics of dark plum, mulberry and liquorice with a hint of mint. A generously juicy midpalate is well cradled by ripe tannin and lingering pepper wood spice on the long finish.

14.5% Alcohol

 

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