Stellenrust Premium Merlot - Merlot is probably one of the most difficult grape varieties to grow worldwide. This is why we take extra care in the vineyards to make this wine on the vines, rather than in the cellar. Harvesting time in accordance with climate and season is of ultra importance.
In the vineyards:
The grapes used for this wine are harvested from a North-Eastern sloped block of vineyards on our Bottelary property – these are irrigated trellised vines aged 21 years and planted to clay.
In the cellar:
Grapes are picked between 24 to 25 Balling, crushed, and allowed cold maceration for up to 2 days. It is then inoculated with imported French yeast strains. Fermentation happens between 23-28 °C and regular punch downs are done every 4-6 hours. After skin contact for 7 days, the juice is drained from the skin for malolactic fermentation. It is then drawn into French oak barrels for a 12-month maturation period.
This wine offers blackcurrant and ripe plum with some licorice notes. The oak opens up to a creamy palate and enhances velvety tannins with a sweet and sour tang.
This Merlot offers nice sweet plum flavors which will compliment oven-roasted venison spiced with fresh rosemary leaves and chopped garlic.