The Merlot is come from two vineyard blocks of Lanzerac, D6 and D6B, with a total area of 4.32 hectares. The blocks are located 165-320 meters above sea levels. The age of vines for D6 is 16 years.
All harvesting is done by hand. Extreme care is taken not to damage grapes and only healthy and fully ripe grapes are picked. The grapes were destemmed, and the barries hand-sorted before crushing. The mash was pumped to combination tanks where fermentation took place on the skins to extract flavour and colour. The juice was pumped over the skins three times per day for 20-30 minutes at a time to cool the cap as well as extract colour and flavours. After fermentation was finished, the wine was left on skins for a few days. The wine was then drained off the skins and the skins were put in a pneumatic press and pressed dry. After malolactic fermentation took place in tanks, the separated batches of Merlot was pump into French oak barrels to begin the matuation process. The 2010 Merlot was matured for 12 months in a combination new wood (33%), second fill (33%) and third fill (33%) before it was blended and bottled.
Cellarmaster's Notes The 2010 Merlot reflects a deep red colour with hints of red barries and cocoa. On the nose, flavours of chocolate, dark barries, pencil shavings, slight cigar box and vanilla, plums and blackberry is prominent. On the palate, the wine shows a good balance tannin structure, rich body, with fruit and lingering on the aftertaste.