Fluvius Reserve Merlot 2017

Origin: Wellington

Merlot 100%

Bottling Date: 15 September 2019

Release Date: October 2020

Total Production: 2,097 bottles

2017 Growing Season
Following a very dry season during 2016, the grape harvest in general was higher in the Cape Winelands. Interestingly the summer was hot, but since we experienced cooler nights throughout the growing season, it greatly assisted the grapes during the ingoing drought. Even though our water supply was adequate, we managed the water usage very carefully to assist the ripening process of the grapes. The dry conditions were favourable in the sense that there were no diseases present in the vineyards. The grape berries were also a bit smaller than usual which also provided amazing flavour concentration and a beautiful colour to our wines. Harvest time was a bit cooler than previous years, which then created the ideal conditions for a truly exceptional vintage.


SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
Barrel Matured Red Wine

New French Oak | 1st and 2nd fill French Oak

Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.5 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.70 gm/l, pH 3.55 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, 20% new and 80% first and second fill barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 30 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 12 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
A powerful yet elegant Merlot with fresh red fruits and a soft finish, barrel-matured for 36 months. The hand-selected grapes are grown on ancient riverbeds giving it its rich mineral character. A long lingering finish with fine acidity allows immediate enjoyment of the wine and with excellent aging potential.
Release Date: October 2020
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