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. Medium bodied and complex, this wine has a juicy mouth-feel. The palate is layered with plush fruit, dark chocolate and supported by well balanced 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. Two pump-overs were done daily. The wine finished fermentation on the skins. Extended skin contact up to 7 days, produced a full wine with firm tannins yet elegant with lots of juicy fruit. The wine was aged for 12 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Wine was bottled in May 2017. Enjoy now or keep up to 2025.
|Total Acidity:||6.9 g/l|
|Residual Sugar:||3.7 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:||88 Points|
|Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2006||Gold: Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008|
|Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2007||Double Gold: Veritas Awards 2010|
|Signatures of Doolhof Merlot 2008||Silver: Veritas Awards 2011
88 points: Parker Points
|Single Vineyard Merlot 2016||Double Gold: National Wine Challenge 2018
Top Merlot in area: SA Terroir Wine Awards 2018