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    Merlot

    Protea wines Merlot 2020

    Protea Merlot 2020

    Seductive dark berry compote with attractive spicy highlights on the nose.
    Rounded, plush and appealing on entry, delivering what the nose promised: plum, mulberry, cherry and blackberry fruit sprinkled with spice. Soft textured and velvety smooth, the wine has a good frame and backbone. Beautifully poised and integrated, the flavours linger on a long, rewarding finish. Packed with appeal by good structure and body.

    Protea wines Merlot 2019

    Protea Merlot 2019

    Vibrant black cherry and plum aromas with a hint of tomato plant and dark chocolate. The wines has instant appeal with soft, squish, succulent dark fruit with a light tobacco leaf edge. Ample plum and cherry with spice highlights and deeper earth- and cocoa notes below. Softly textured but with a supportive structure and frame. Lovely, generous ripe-fruited finish.

    In the Vineyard

    The 2020 vintage yielded a better crop with lager yields than 2019 vintage thanks to good winter conditions. Good Winter rainfall was supplemented by post-harvest irrigation to produce healthy strong vines. Moderate summer temperatures during ripening contributed to good flavour retention in the grape. The 2020 vintage overall promises wines which are full of concentration and intense flavour.

    Winemaking

    The grapes used to produce this fruit forward; elegant style of wine was selected from specifically selected growing regions to ensure complexity. Alcoholic fermentation was completed in stainless steel tanks and vinification process was conducted with care to preserve the fruit components in the wine. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in the tank. The wine was finally aged on a selection of French oak staves for approximately 12 months.

    Varietal

    100% Merlot

    In the Vineyard

    Although we recorded moderate to good rainfall, some of the vineyards were still struggling to recover from the 3-4 year drought the Western Cape had recently experienced. As a result, lower yields were obtained with a bit of uneven ripening because of weather conditions. Despite this, the smaller berries have a greater concentration of flavours. Wines with good acidity and are characteristic of in the 2019 vintage.

    Winemaking

    Grapes were selected from different growing regions to suit the fruit driven, elegant style of the Protea Merlot. Grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks whereafter it was pressed and malolactic fermentation completed. The wine was aged on a selection of French oak staves for approximately 12 months.

    Varietal

    100% Merlot