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Robertson Winery- Merlot Featured

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V I N E Y A R D S
Merlot by nature is very sensitive to heat and prefers cooler areas therefore we plant our Merlot on the lower mountain slopes in deep karoo soils that retain water well. These soils render a good buffer capacity against unfavorable weather conditions. Severe shooting thinning followed by crop control after veraison is necessary to ensure that a good balance between canopy and crop load is achieved.

Sufficient light penetration into the canopy is necessary for sufficient color formation, especially on a cultivar like Merlot. Our Merlot vines are planted mainly South East – North West to protect the grapes from direct sunlight and to utilize the prevailing South Eastern breeze to cool the grapes during the ripening season. Irrigation is supplemented by controlled drip irrigation from the Breede River. Fruit was harvested from the last week of February from 35 specially selected grapes growers in the Robertson Valley.

W I N E M A K I N G
Grapes were harvested at full ripeness between 24,5° - 26°B from a selection of vineyards. Cold soaking happened two days prior to fermentation to ensure optimum color and flavor extraction. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 24° Celsius for 7 days. The wine was matured on French Oak for 4 months to add weight and complexity.

W I N E M A K E R ’ S C O M M E N T
Rich, dark red color with ripe, punchy, plum flavors, sweet black cherry and a velvet finish. Delicate wood does not mask the ripe fruit.
Enjoy now with roast chicken, beef, lamb, pasta and steak.

VINTAGE                                       2010
REGION                                         ROBERTSON
WINEMAKER                                  LOLLY LOUWRENS

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