Rickety Bridge Merlot
2 ½ hectares of well-manicured 16-year-old vines grown in structured La Motte soils (alluvial with a high percentage of decomposed plant material in the lower levels). Yield of 6 tonnes / ha.
Notes of red cherry and ripe plum layered with herbal nuances and hints of oak spice on the nose. A juicy palate with red currants and blueberries gives way to lingering dark chocolate flavours. Well-structured with refined tannins and a lengthy finish.
Traditional bobotie, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, grilled chicken, beef stews.
Harvesting & Fermentation:
Rickety Bridge Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 24.4˚ Balling in February 2018.
Fermentation took place in open fermentation tanks at 25 – 30 ̊C with 2 punch downs daily. The wines were pressed after 21 days up to 0.9 bar. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and maturation took place 20% new and 80% older French oak barrels for a total of 12 months.
Peak potential from 2020, will mature up to 2024.