Amani Merlot 2008
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Carmen Stevens
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 14.00 %vol
pH : 3.66
RS : 2.3 g/l
Total Acid : 6 g/l
Volatile Acidity : 0.61 g/l
SO2 : 113 mg/l
Free SO2 : 23 mg/l
Appellation : Coastal
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry


Accolades
4½ Star rating - John Platter South African Wines 2011
Tasting Notes
The Merlot 2008 displays ripe red fresh cherries with yellow spicy notes, a floral lavender appeal and hints of darkly toasted sweet bread. The palate entrance is that of soft smooth ripe tannins balanced with cherry fruit, lime and a toasty aspect that adds to the complexity of the wines. The wine shows good concentration and a salty linger, typical of Amani wines.
Blend Information
89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
In The Vineyard
Soil type: Fernwood and Longlands
Vineyard info: Hand picked 24.5 - 25.5° Balling from 9 year old vines.
Yield: 7 tons/ha
In The Cellar
After a stringent berry sorting the berries was transferred to stainless steel tanks. 20% of the fruit was fermented as whole berries to attain a better berry fruit expression. 50% of the final blend under went spontaneous fermentation to add fullness and complexity while the rest of the wines were inoculated with a pre-selected yeast culture which is high in glycerol production again adding to mouth feel. All Merlot barrels were inoculated with specially selected malolatic bacteria.

Maturation: 27% New French oak and the wine spent 12 months in barrel.

Other Vintages
Amani Merlot 2010 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani Merlot 2009 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani Merlot 2008 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani Merlot 2007 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani Merlot 2006 Carmen Stevens Merlot
Amani Merlot 2003 Danelle van Rensburg Merlot
Amani Merlot 2002 Danelle van Rensburg Merlot
Amani Merlot 2001 Danelle van Rensburg Merlot
Amani Merlot 2000 Mark Makepeace Merlot

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