Casa Simelia Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Bottling Date: 1 October 2019
Release Date: May 2020
Total Production: 6,799 bottles
2018 Growing Season
SINGLE BLOCK MERLOT AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SIZE 1,14 HA + 1,01 HA
PLANTED 1996 + 2003
SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone
Vinification and Ageing
Barrel Matured Red Wine
New French Oak | 3rd and 4th fill French Oak
Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.8 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.70 gm/l, pH 3.58 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 200m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new french oak, 30% first and 60% second, third and fourth filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 12 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.
A well-balanced blend with fine structure and lingering after taste. The wine is characteristic of soft fruits with gentle, velvety tannins.
A beautiful wine to be enjoyed with family and friends.