Merlot 2014

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days. Varying from stainless steel, this approach provides improved color and flavor stability. Upon fermentation, flavour and color is allowed to develop for a period of 4 weeks before the wine is transferred to 40% new and 60% second and third fill French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavors and extract tannin from the oak, resulting in a fuller mid pallet. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within the wine are respected ensuring the wine is complex yet settled with great ageing potential.


Vintage

A challenging vintage with late rainfall, requiring careful vineyard management. Red wines are well integrated and refined, with less robust tannins to 2015.


Winemaker's comments

A refined expression of this tricky varietal. Black and blue fruits with hints of dried cranberries on the nose, with an expressive and full palate of ripe red and blue fruit, spiciness and a long, savoury finish.


Food pairing

We recommend our Merlot alongside a medium rare steak, or marinated lamb and wild herbs.






Wine Club

We started the Marianne Wine Club in 2014 to reward loyal clientele and to build on friendships formed at the estate. Our club members are our ambassadors and it has been hugely gratifying to see it grow, and to see familiar faces coming back to the farm and attending our events and affiliated shows across South Africa.

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