Amani Merlot 2001
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Danelle van Rensburg
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 13.0 %vol
pH : 3.21
RS : 3.0 g/l
Total Acid : 6.4 g/l
Free SO2 : 24 mg/l
Appellation : Coastal
Characteristics
Type : Red


Accolades
Swiss International Airline Wine Awards 2003 - Bronze
Platter Wine Guide 2004 - 4 Stars
Michelangelo International Wine Award 2002 - Double Gold
WINE Magazine December 2002 - 3½ Stars
Veritas 2002 - Silver medal
Other Vintages:
WINE Magazine March 2001 - 4 Stars
Wine 500 club tasting winner
Veritas 2001 - Silver medal
SA WINE Trophy Show 2002 - Bronze medal
Tasting Notes
The wine has a brilliant deep ruby colour with glowing garnet hues. The nose reminds of rich chocolate mocha and ripe strawberries combined with hints of cherries. On the palate one will find opulent layers of ripe plums, mulberries and soft mocha tones. The tannin structure is firm but supple with long ageing potential.
Blend Information
86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestions
Prime rib, grilled fillet, roast lamb, osso bucco, hot pot stews and venison.
In The Vineyard
Soil type: Fernwood
About The Harvest
Hand picked on 5, 9 and 12 March 2001 at 23-24º Balling from 4 year old vines.
Yield = 6 tons/ha.
Fruit was stringently sorted on a sorting table prior to crushing.
In The Cellar
After destalking and crushing the mash was fermented with a selected pure yeast culture. The wines were pumped over every 3 hours for 20 minutues during fermentation. The juice was removed from the skins after a week, and the skins were pressed. Fermentation temperatures were kept at 20ºC. After malolactic fermentation was complete, a brief settling preceded the transfer of the wines to French oak barrels.

The wine spent 14 months in 30% new wood, all French oak. A light egg white fining was used to finish off the wine.

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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