Zonnebloem Merlot

Zonnebloem Merlot

Better when young, the 2019 Zonnebloem Merlot offers vibrant, juicy red and black fruit with a complementing herbal layer and a touch of vanilla sweetness on a completely open knit, accessible palate. Ready to enjoy.

Vineyards

Annelie Viljoen (Viticulturist)
The grapes were sourced from trellised, dryland vineyards in the Devon Valley, Stellenbosch Kloof and Jonkershoek areas. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes that contribute to slow ripening of the grapes and concentrated fruit flavours.

Winemaking

Deon Boshoff (Cellar Master) / Bonny van Niekerk (Winemaker)
The grapes were harvested by hand in March at 24° to 25° Balling, when fruit and tannins were fully ripened but the berries and skins were still firm. The different vineyards blocks were separately vinified. Fermentation on the skins took place for 10 to 12 days at 27°C. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was matured in a combination of wood (55% in 300- litre barrels - 80% French and 20% American oak) and stainless steel tanks (45%) for 12 months.

Winemaker's Comments

Colour Ruby red.
Bouquet Combination of red fruit and mulberry aromas, with a hint of cigar box and oak spice.
Palate An elegant medium- to full-bodied wine with delicate red fruit and well-integrated wood flavours Perfectly-balanced with accessible tannins and a satisfying finish.

Chemical Analysis

Alcohol: 3,86% by volume
Residual sugar: 2,90 g/l
Total acidity: 5,56 g/l
pH: 3,56

Food Pairing

Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with rich oxtail stews, chicken curries, game and red meat dishes.

Annelie Viljoen (Viticulturist)
The grapes were sourced from trellised, dryland vineyards in the Devon Valley, Stellenbosch Kloof and Jonkershoek areas. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes that contribute to slow ripening of the grapes and concentrated fruit flavours.

Deon Boshoff (Cellar Master) / Bonny van Niekerk (Winemaker)
The grapes were harvested by hand in March at 24° to 25° Balling, when fruit and tannins were fully ripened but the berries and skins were still firm. The different vineyards blocks were separately vinified. Fermentation on the skins took place for 10 to 12 days at 27°C. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was matured in a combination of wood (55% in 300- litre barrels - 80% French and 20% American oak) and stainless steel tanks (45%) for 12 months.

Colour Ruby red.
Bouquet Combination of red fruit and mulberry aromas, with a hint of cigar box and oak spice.
Palate An elegant medium- to full-bodied wine with delicate red fruit and well-integrated wood flavours Perfectly-balanced with accessible tannins and a satisfying finish.

Alcohol: 3,86% by volume
Residual sugar: 2,90 g/l
Total acidity: 5,56 g/l
pH: 3,56

Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with rich oxtail stews, chicken curries, game and red meat dishes.

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Wine of Origin

Zonnebloem is a brand that stands for craftsmanship in all its forms.
From the Stellenbosch farms that produce our grapes who use the earth as their canvas to create the fruit which lends our wines their rich, distinctive character; to the winemakers who use the skills they have learned and developed over generations to produce the rich varietals and blends that make up the Zonnebloem stable.

Our Story

Wine of Origin

Zonnebloem is a brand that stands for craftsmanship in all its forms.


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