Red fruit, dried plum and cranberries on the nose with hints of mint and dried herbs. Elegant palate with silky tannins and an elegant long finish.
Hartenberg Merlot 2016
60 in stock
60 in stock
Hartenberg winemaker, Carl Shultz, won the Diners Club “Winemaker of the Year” award for the very fine 2004 Estate Merlot. Our 2005 vintage received the trophy for best Merlot in the World at the 2008. International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. The vineyards were given a green harvest at verraision to ensure evenly ripe
fruit. Picking was decided by tasting, thereby ensuring optimal ripeness. All grapes were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The grapes were cold-soaked and then inoculated with French-sourced yeast. The must was fermented between 24 and 26° Celsius and pumped over daily. An extended maceration took place, followed by fractional pressing. After settling, the wine went to French oak for malo-lactic fermentation.
Barrel Ageing: 18 months in French oak, 45% new, 40% 2nd fill, the balance in older French oak barrels
Maturation: 10 – 15 years from vintage
Alcohol 14.6% by vol.
Residual Sugar 2.8 g/l
Total Acid 5.6 g/l