Amani I am 1 2008
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Carmen Stevens
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.72
RS : 2.3 g/l
Total Acid : 5.7 g/l
Volatile Acidity : 0.65 g/l
SO2 : 74 mg/l
Free SO2 : 18 mg/l
Appellation : Coastal
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Medium
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
4 Stars - John Platter 2011
Tasting Notes
The I am One 2008 shows complex flavor of smokey meats, black pepper, roasted pine kernels and black licorice. The nose is full and welcoming. The palate entrance is fresh with an elegant ripe tannin structure, the wine leaves the palate with a balance of limey freshness fused with smokey pepper notes and a sweet licorice aniseed alcohol influence. The after palate has a sweet fullness, yet leaves the palate refreshed.
Blend Information
33% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 11% Shiraz
In The Vineyard
Origin: Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch
Soil Type: Fernwood and Longlands
About The Harvest
Hand picked at 24.5 and 25°B from 8 year old vines. Yield = 6 tons/ha. The first fruit selection occurs in the vineyard.
In The Cellar
The sorting of the grapes in the cellar starts off with a bunch selection followed by individual berry sorting. The wine is a blend of both spontaneous fermentation and pre-selected yeast cultures.

All six varietals were fermented separately and blended after 12 months of barrel aging. Malolactic fermentation is initiated in barrel with 3 rackings during the year of aging.

Maturation: The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak of which 10% was new French oak.

Other Vintages
Amani I am 1 2010 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani I am 1 2009 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani I am 1 2008 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani i am 1 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani i am 1 2007 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani i am 1 2006 Carmen Stevens Merlot

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