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Cathedral Cellar Merlot

VINTAGE:
2001

ORIGIN:
Coastal

CLIMATE:
Mediterranean - The summers are moderate and dry with cold and wet winters. The rainfall is approximately 600 - 700 mm per annum.

SOIL:
Deep red Hutton, Clovelly

TRELLISING:
Hedged.

YIELD:
6 - 8 tons/ha

VINIFICATION:
Grapes were harvested at full ripe stage of 24 °B. The must was inoculated with a pure yeast strain and fermented on the skins until dry. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of 28 - 32 °C after which the juice was pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged in oak barrels for 26 months before being blended and bottled.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Intense red colour. Interesting spiciness complemented by the intriguing coffee and cherry flavours. Soft hints of Cederwood. Firm, round tannins leads to an interesting finish. Cellaring should give it softer edges.

SERVING SUGGESTION:
Red meats like Fillet steak, rack of ribs and will also go well with interesting casseroles and specially made home made stews.

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS:
Alcohol: 13.5 vol %
pH: 3.4
Total acidity: 6.1 g/l
Sugar: Dry

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