Dornier Merlot

Vintage: 
2007
Origin: 
Stellenbosch
Varieties: 
Merlot
Generally known for its understated class and elegance, this Merlot is no exception. Flavours of plum, mint and roasted nuts with hints of menthol create for a complex range of elements. The palate has a creamy texture while being full bodied with a good structure and well balanced acidity.
Tasting Notes: 
Generally known for its understated class and elegance, this Merlot is no exception. Flavours of plum, mint and roasted nuts with hints of menthol create for a complex range of elements. The palate has a creamy texture while being full bodied with a good structure and well balanced acidity.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season leading up to the harvest period provided excellent conditions for optimal ripeness and flavour concentration. This year the harvest started earlier than expected, 10 days to be exact, however, it ended approximately 10 days later. These longer ripening conditions therefore provided for excellent fruit concentration and elegance.
Fermentation and Ageing: 
Each batch of Merlot was fermented in open stainless steel tanks with gentle and pump-overs performed twice daily to obtain a fine and balanced tannin structure. After primary alcoholic fermentation the wines underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 16 months ageing in 30% new French oak and the remainder in second fill French oak barrels to produce supple, rounded tannins. Each lot of Merlot was then carefully selected and skilfully blended to create this unique expression.
Food Pairing: 
Undoubtedly this wine pair’s best with a lamb shoulder cooked in a porcini mushroom sauce. Other great pairings include rich duck dishes, quail and also works very well with roast lamb and beef stews.
Alcohol: 
14%
Residual Sugar: 
1.8 g/L
Total Acid: 
5.8 g/L
Final pH: 
3.62
VA: 
0.52 g/l