Meinert Merlot 2016

R15800

From:  Meinert wines are made in small quantities from meticulously selected vineyards, with much thought and care. Far too much thought maybe, for I’m known to ponder most things deeply. However, it is important to me that our wines have individuality and therefore every aspect is personal & distinctive, including the packaging.

Vineyards: A complex blend of two Merlot vineyards selectively harvested over five pickings spanning 2 weeks difference in harvest dates. All our soils on Devon Crest are deep and well drained with a high clay content ensuring optimal water retention, as such, enabling us to farm under ‘dryland’ conditions. Unirrigated vines often yield a lower, but more flavor intense crop offering greater fruit purity and depth. The vintage of 2016 marked the start of the ‘dry vintages’ due to a drought that spanned three vintages. Average yield 6 tons/ha.

Cultivar:
Merlot (100%)

Winemaking: Fermented with natural yeasts and made in classic, minimal interventionist manner with no extended skin maceration. All the components were vinified separately and matured for 18 months in a selection of first, second, third and fourth fill French oak barrels and racked at intervals as necessary.

Analysis:
Alcohol 14.00 vol%
Residual sugar 3.4 g/l
Total acidity 5.1 g/l
pH 3.56

Comments: Meinert Merlot in its classic, elegant and refined style forms the core of our portfolio and is a wine we are particularly passionate about. Merlot perfectly suited to the unique terroir of our hillside Devon Valley vineyards. Drink from release to 2025.
It is rare for us to bottle a 100% single varietal as it is well known that Bordeaux cultivars typically enhance each other’s flavor nuances, however, the 2016 a particularly good Merlot vintage despite the lower rainfall enabling for a richer, textured style that underpins our focus on ‘turbo charged’, vibrant Merlot’s that bridge the gap between the New and Old Worlds. Bright acidity ensures vibrant freshness and longevity. Ideal to enjoy with game birds like quail, guinea fowl and duck. Lamb suits the wine’s herbal touches.

Wine Awards

  • National Wine Challenge (Top 100): 2019 – Double Platinum
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: 2018 – Bronze
  • Platter’s South African Wine Guide: 2019 – **** (4)
  • Winemag Merlot Report: 2019 – 91 points

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Category: Product ID: 1590

Description

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Blend:

This blend is made of Merlot (85%) and a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon (15%).

Alcohol 14.20 vol%
Residual sugar 1,6 g/l
Total acidity 6,1 g/l
pH 3,45
Total extract 28,6 g/l

Blend:

This blend is made of 87% Merlot, a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon (9%) and Cabernet franc (4%).

Alcohol 14.14 vol%
Residual sugar 1,4 g/l
Total acidity 6,2 g/l
pH 3.66
Total extract 30.5 g/l

Blend:

A mix of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Analysis:

Alcohol 14.11 vol%
Residual sugar 2.8 g/l
Total acidity 5.7 g/l
pH 3.54
Total extract 33.3 g/l

Blend:

A mix of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Analysis:

Alcohol 14.72 vol%
Residual sugar 3.0 g/l
Total acidity 5.8 g/l
pH 3.50
Total extract 31.0 g/l

Blend:

Merlot: 94%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 3%
Pinotage: 3%

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.36 vol%
Residual sugar: 2.4 g/l
Total acidity: 5.6 g/l
pH: 3.65
Total extract:  30.6 g/l

Blend:

Merlot 92.5%
Cabernet Sauvignon 6%
Petit Verdot 1.5%

Analysis:

Alcohol 13.43 vol%
Residual sugar 1.7 g/l
Total acidity 5.0 g/l
pH 3.58
Total extract 28.2 g/l

Blend:

Merlot 97.5%
Petit Verdot 2.5%

Analysis:

Alcohol 14.2 vol%
Residual sugar 2.6 g/l
Total acidity 5.8 g/l
pH 3.60
Total extract 27.0 g/l

CULTIVAR:
Merlot (90.5%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (5%)
Pinotage (2%)
Petit Verdot (1.25%)
Cabernet Franc (1.25%)

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 14.45 vol%
Residual sugar 2.1 g/l
Total acidity 6.3 g/l
pH 3.51
Total extract 27.8 g/l

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