Villiera Merlot 2012
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Jeff Grier
Main Variety : Merlot
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.54
RS : 1.8 g/l
Total Acid : 5.4 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Medium
Taste : Fragrant


Accolades
2013 Fairlady Consumer Awards - Winner in Merlot Category
Tasting Notes
The colour of the wine is brilliant red. The aroma shows hints of wood spice and mint with attractive dark berry fruit. On the palate the wine is rich and full with juicy soft tannins and good acidity. The wine has a long finish but is drinkable at present. It will however mature for up to six years from vintage.
Ageing Potential
The wine has a long finish but is drinkable at present. It will however mature for up to six years from vintage.
Blend Information
100% Merlot
About The Harvest
In 2012, good, healthy fruit was picked at optimum ripeness – determined by aroma assessment (i.e. maximum fruit intensity).
In The Cellar
The wine was fermented in rototanks between 20 ˚C and 25 ˚C with 30 % whole berries. Of the total 40 % was pre-soaked for 2 days and 25 % was macerated post fermentation.
Oak Maturation: 30 % centre of France new tight grain barrels 70 % used French oak barrels
Additional Information
Merlot was initially planted as a blending partner for Cabernet Sauvignon. The softer style was designed to round off the Cabernet Sauvignon. When the market indicated a liking for softer red wine, Merlot was included in our range as a stand alone variety.

Other Vintages
Villiera Merlot 2016 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2015 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2014 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2013 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2012 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2011 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2010 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2009 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2008 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2007 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2006 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2004 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 2001 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot Pinotage 2001 Jeff Grier, Anton Smal Merlot
Villiera Merlot/Pinotage 1999 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 1998 Jeff Grier Merlot
Villiera Merlot 1997 Jeff Grier Merlot

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