Hartenberg Merlot 2015

Hartenberg Merlot 2015

R189.00

Hartenberg winemaker, Carl Shultz, won the Diners Club “Winemaker of the Year” award for the very fine 2004 Estate Merlot. Our 2005 vintage received the trophy for best Merlot in the World at the 2008 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London.
The vineyards were given a green harvest at verraision to ensure evenly ripe fruit. Picking was decided by tasting, thereby ensuring optimal ripeness. All grapes were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The grapes were cold-soaked and then inoculated with French-sourced yeast. The must was fermented between 24 and 26° Celsius and pumped over daily. An extended maceration took place, followed by fractional pressing. After settling, the wine went to French oak for malo-lactic fermentation.

TASTING NOTES
Notes of dark plum, cherry, violets and star anise on the bouquet. The palate is silky on entry and then shows a seamless transition to an elegant mid-palate. The palate shows further red and black fruit, intermingled with spicy, cedary oak flavours. Tannins are fine grained and well integrated, allowing for a long, velvety finish.

FOOD MATCHING
Merlot pairs well with a range of foods. Panko crumbed pork with mustard cream sauce, roasted tomato pasta or a juicy hamburger with cheddar cheese topping.

Category: Product ID: 1061

Additional information

Maturation

10 – 15 years from vintage

Alcohol

14.30%

Residual Sugar

2.4 g/l

Total Acid

5.9 g/l

pH

3.46