Amani Merlot 2009
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Carmen Stevens
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.44
RS : 3.3 g/l
Total Acid : 6.4 g/l
Volatile Acidity : 0.71 g/l
SO2 : 92 mg/l
Free SO2 : 21 mg/l
Appellation : Coastal
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry


Accolades
2012 Veritas Awards - Silver Medal
Tasting Notes
The Merlot 2009 has a sweet ripe black berry expression fused with licorice, spicy oak and lime for freshness. Smooth ripe palate entrance with a ripe tannin structure that follows over into ripe black fruit and spicy oak. The wine shows good balance of fruit concentration, acidity, alcohol and oak usage. The blend shows good length and persistence on the after palate.
Blend Information
86.8% Merlot, 10.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.3% Petit Verdot, 1.3 Malbec
In The Vineyard
Soil type: Fernwood and Longlands
About The Harvest
Hand picked 24.5° - 25.5° Balling from 10 year old vines.
Yield: 7 tons/ha
In The Cellar
Vinification: After a stringent berry sorting the berries was transferred to stainless steel tanks. 30% 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 for better fruit expression and high in glycerol production, again adding to mouth feel. All Merlot barrels were inoculated with specially selected malolatic bacteria.

Maturation: The wine matured for 12 months in French oak barrels of which 16% was New French oak. After blending the wine was put back in barrel for a further 5 months for better integration of the components.

Variety: 86.8% Merlot, 10.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.3% Petit Verdot, 1.3 Malbec

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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