CASA SIMELIA MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Merlot 70% | Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
Bottling Date: 11 July 2016
Release Date: February 2017
Total Production: 2,100 bottles
The winter of 2014 will be remembered for the start of a drought that would last for some years. Even though the rainfall in the Western Cape was significantly lower than previous years it was still perfectly adequate for our vineyards.
The vineyards rested well during the colder months and interestingly started budding a bit sooner than previous seasons. Our teams suckered the vineyards to ensure all energy would go into grape formation and ripening. The meticulous vineyard management during the growing season enabled excellent health of our vines.
Harvest 2015 will be remembered for the marked increase in crop yields and due to the warm summer an earlier than usual harvest at the end of January and beginning February. Our teams worked harder than ever before to harvest the high yield and to select only the best bunches. A beautiful wine was produced marked by freshness ad elegance.
1996 (19 years old)
Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone
STYLE OF WINE:
Barrel Matured Red Wine
New French Oak | 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French Oak
Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 1.4 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.90 gm/l, pH 3.57
The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 30% new and 70% second, third and fourth filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 18 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 3 months prior to release.
A beautifully complex wine with a hint of cinnamon spice, floral notes and delicate herbs. The palette leaves a lasting impression of perfectly ripe berries with fine balanced tannins.
A delightful wine to be enjoyed with family and friends.