Harvested early in the morning into small lugs. The grapes are cooled overnight and fermentation takes place at 25° C, preserving freshness and elegance of flavour. Malolactic fermentation results in tank and the wine gets racked immediately to preserve fruit purity. Medium toast French oak is used to mature the wine, 10 % of these being new 225 litres barriques and the balance in 2nd and 3rd fill. The wine is bottled after 14-16 months.
A complex wine with fresh red berries and plums on the nose. Raspberries, sweet cherries and subtle hints of mint and vanilla unfold throughout the layers. This juicy palate evolves into concentrated sweet fruit richness and a silky, balanced tannin structure.
The French oak is well integrated giving this wine a delicate, yet complex expression.
2023-Gilbert Gaillard-Double Gold
Meat lover’s pizza
Tomato based chicken dishes
Smoked angel fish
The Merlot vineyards are planted at 130m above sea-level in cool nutrient-rich Tukulu soil. Located on a crest, the vineyards receive constant exposure to the sun, contributing to ripeness and richness of flavour in the grapes. To increase sunlight exposure while still giving adequate shade, the leaves are picked out twice during the berry set. The blocks are harvested twice to avoid any unripe grapes. The vineyards are 14 years of age and yields at an average of 8 tons per hectare.
Range: Vineyard Collection