Cape of Good Hope Parel Vallei Farmstead Merlot 2013:
VINTAGE NOTES: Proprietor of Anthonij Rupert Wines, Johann Rupert has taken a personal interest in this parcel of fruit – it is planted literally in his backyard. A small block of Merlot, planted at high density in residential Somerset-West, produces this uniquely perfumed wine. Deep clay soils and strict canopy management of the vertically trellised vines gives us consistency of character and taste of the grapes and wine.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were hand-sorted, and fermented in 225 l new French oak barrels. After fermentation we extended skin contact for another 5 days before pressing the wine, making the total days on skin about 30 days. The wine went through malolatic fermentation in the same barrels. The wine was aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 24 months and bottle-aged for 24 months.
TASTING NOTES: Lively black and blueberry fruit aromas with a faint fynbos and violet brush. Smooth entry into the mouth with bright, vibrant blue- and black berries. Deep, rich chocolate note with light violet note too. Lovely elegance and refinement apparent in the layered and succulent palate. Seamlessly integrated oak adds structure and a light twist of fine, dry tannin. Good concentration and depth with a lingering aftertaste.
ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Helderberg
SOIL TYPE: Clay