SIMELIA MERLOT 2013
Bottling Date: 9 June 2014
Release Date: September 2014
Total Production: 3,280 bottles
A classic Cape winter in 2012 followed by a mild spring and warm summer, which allowed for optimal vegetative growth with a normal flowering period. During and after the flowering period, the South Easterly winds started blowing which assisted in purifying the air from potential diseases.
Fortunately the winds did not affect the flowers and a decent crop emerged. During November and December the summer sun was in full swing, providing dry weather for optimal ripening conditions. As this was our first personal harvest of these old vineyards, we were delighted to harvest a decent crop of 4 tons per vineyard with healthy ripe grapes at the beginning of February 2013.
Our harvesters hand selected the best grape bunches in the vineyard and a further selection took place on the selection table at the cellar prior to crushing. The intensity of the colour of the grape juice was incomparable to most other wine regions. We consider the harvest of 2013 to be a classic harvest and certainly a very exciting one for the entire Simelia team.
SINGLE BLOCK - MERLOT
1996 (17 years old)
Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone
STYLE OF WINE:
Barrel Matured Red Wine
French Oak; 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill
Alcohol 13.5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.6 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.40 gm/l, pH 3.72
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 one week, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new and 90% second and third filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for about 18 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 3 months prior to release.
An exciting, well balanced yet elegant Merlot with deep colour, generous aromas and flavors of berries and plums. The taste on the palate is full and fruity with soft and velvety tannins. A touch of smoke and spice, very intense and long lingering finish. This smooth, already approachable, young wine will easily develop for another decade.