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Merlot forte, the ultimate wine to crown a gourmet dinner...or simply enjoy on its own :-)

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merlot forte

Our newest child, the Merlot forte, is an absolute novelty for South Africa. The first vintage produced was the 2014. It is made from partly dried grapes and matured for two years in tight-grain 2nd-fill French oak barrels. It is a really powerful wine with a strong character, concentrated and intensely flavored, a protagonist on its own.

This first vintage was hand-picked on 22nd of March 2014. Carefully selected bunches were laid out in special drying crates and allowed to partly raisin in the open air. Once the grapes have lost 30% of their weight, they were gently destemmed and fermented on the skins during three weeks. The wine was then set to mature in 225L French oak barrique for 24 months. It was bottled on 15 April 2016, unfined and only gently filtered.

Naturally, as the grapes shrivel, sugars, acids, tannins, flavors and other components concentrate, which gives this wine its distinctive bold character and naturally high alcohol. This makes it the ultimate wine to crown a gourmet meal, to complement a rich dessert or mature cheese; or simply enjoy on its own :-)