2003 Veritas Oct.'03 - Silver
2003 John Platter Wine Guide 2004 Nov.'03 - 3½ Stars
2004 Swiss International Airlines Wine Awards April 2004 - Silver
2004 Fairbairn Capital SA Trophy Wine Show Jun-04 - Bronze
2004 Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseur's Award Jul-04 - 1st place - Bronze
2004 Veritas Oct.'04 - Silver
2005 Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseur's Award Jun-05 - 2nd place in class - Bronze
Veritas 2004 - Silver
Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseurâ€™s Awards 2004 â€“ Bronze
Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004 â€“ Bronze
Swiss International Airline Awards 2004 â€“ Silver
Veritas 2003 - Silver
John Platter Guide 2004 - 3 Â½ Star
Medium deep purple colour, clear, bright and inviting. Clean nose with rich ripe fruit cake and cherries. Slightly perfumed which together with the oak creates good complexity. Full bodied yet elegant palate. The rich ripe fruit is well balanced with soft tannins to create an elegant mouth feel. Long satisfying aftertaste.
Enjoy the rich ripe fruits immediately or cellar for 2 â€“ 4 years to allow more development and integration.
In The Vineyard
Vines planted in Estcourt type, weathered topsoil on a layer of granite, above a crumbly clay sub-soil. Yield of 7 â€“ 8 ton/ha.
About The Harvest
The Merlot was harvested at 24,5Â° Balling.
In The Cellar
Fermented with NT 112 in red wine tanks and pumped over three times a day, until dry. Pressed lightly at 1,4 Bar. Underwent malolactic fermentation in the tank before going into French Oak barrels for 17 months. 40% new oak was used.