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A rebel with a cause: you'll see why this Merlot is James Dean as Jim Stark, cavorting with the Cabs while the other Merlots dabble in "easy-drinking fruitiness." Notes of smoke and leather with a full- mouth feel.


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Viticulture

Soil: Northwestern slopes of the Simonsberg in well-drained, duplex soil containing granite. Vines: Planted in 1998. Harvest: 6 tons/ha at 24°B

Winemaking

Blend: 100% Merlot. Skins: Fermented dry on skins. Oak: 12 months in 30% new medium-toast French.

Tasting notes

Color: Clear garnet red. Aroma: Hints of smoke with underlying berry. Flavor: Soft tannins with plum notes Double Gold Medal, Veritas Awards
Best Merlot in Paarl, Terroir Wine Awards

Alcohol   15.4%
pH   3.56
Residual sugar   2.0 g/l
Total acid   6.2 g/l



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