Sarah's Creek Merlot 2015

Sarah’s Creek

Merlot 2017

Merlot is a varietal that ripens earlier and needs special attention to assure good quality wines. Green flavour and tannins are minimised by strict canopy management and bunch thinning. These practices, together with terroir selection, brings through the blackcurrant and red fruit characters in the wine.

Grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control. The grapes are immediately destemmed, but not crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for a period of 15 days at controlled temperatures. Aerated racking was done twice daily to ensure clean fermentation and soft tannins. Grapes were gently pressed in a bladder press, after which malolactic fermentation was completed in tank.

Maturation

45% of the total wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak for a period of 8 months, whilst the remaining wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.

Blend

100% Merlot

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.3%
Acidity: 5.7 g/l
pH: 3.42
Residual Sugar: 3.9 g/l

Winemaker’s notes

The nose shows lovely ripe cherry characters, backed up by smoky coffee and spice notes. The palate is soft, yet has a good structure for medium term ageing.

Food pairing by our chef

Pulled pork tacos.