This Merlot has a beautiful deep crimson hue. Unmistakable aromas of blackberries, cassis and ripe plums seduce the nose while also showing gentle whiffs of cedar. Full bodied and complex, this wine has a juicy mouth-feel, with mineral tones evident in the background. The palate is layered with plush fruit, dark chocolate and supported by firm tannins that lead to a luscious and persistent finish.
From our premium vineyard. Hand picked, with bunch sorting done at the cellar. After 24 hours of cold soaking, to enhance the colour, fermentation was started. Fermentation temperatures ranged between 22-26°C. Three pump-overs were done daily. The wine finished fermentation on the skins. Extended skin contact up to 14 days, produced a full wine with firm tannins yet elegant with lots of juicy fruit. The wine was aged for 14 months in 30% new and 70% second fill 225L French oak barrels. Wine was stabilized and bottled in Decembeer 2013. Enjoy now or keep up to 2020.
|Total Acidity:||5.5 g/l|
|Residual Sugar:||3.5 g/l|
Best served with hearty dishes like Grilled T-bone with Herbed Butter, Osso Bucco or try with a Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake.
|SAWI Rating:||87 Points|
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2006: Gold – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2007: Gold – Veritas Awards 2010
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2008: Gold – Veritas Awards 2011
Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2008: Gold – Parker Points