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Limited Release Merlot 2017

R345.00

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Aromas of red cherry as well as mulberry fruit flavours, plums and cigar box greet you on the nose. The flavours from the nose follow through to the juicy palate with a smooth, silky elegance on the finish. The complex palate will awaken your taste buds and leave you wanting more of this big, bold wine. Decant for maximum enjoyment.

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Harvest Description

The preceding two winters to the 2017 vintage has been the driest in recorded history on Lourensford. However, due to enough cold weather during winter the vines did go into proper dormancy with budding which occurred normally. We also experienced one of the coolest and driest summers in history with moderate temperatures and cool evenings which resulted in slow and even ripening of the berries. With good canopy management and perfect ripening conditions we were able to bring the grapes in to the cellar at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance, good natural acidity with depth and structure. The fruit were hand – picked early in the morning to protect the very delicate flavours and placed into 5 ton fermenters with regular, manual punch downs before the grapes were pressed and transferred to barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and ageing.

 

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