Mats Vineyard

De Meye Merlot 2008

“This is the first time that De Meye has released a Merlot. It is a really difficult cultivar to grow and produce a good wine from. I know because I have been trying for years to master it. So congratulations to Phil and Marcus. This is a really good effort for  a first release and I am looking forward to good things to come.” – Mathew

“Best served with gruyère, pork spare ribs, portabella mushroom pasta, shepherd’s pie, coq au vin, lamb chops with balsamic reduction, Indian cuisine, grilled tuna steaks,  dark chocolate desserts and the old time favourite… lasagna.” – Mathew

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Winemaker Marcus Milners Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Rich, complex nose of violets, toast, plums and hints of white chocolate.

Palate: Packed with loads of roasted coffee, plums and dark berry fruit. Fruit and tannins are in perfect balance.

Climate: Mediterranean–rainfall ± 650mm per annum. Vineyards are situated on De Meye in the western part of the Muldersvlei region, north of Stellenbosch. The vineyard faces southeast and a cool westerly wind during the ripening period months ensures healthy balanced grapes.

Soil: Rich fertile soil, create ideal conditions for healthy, ripe grapes.

Vinification/Maturation: Grapes were hand-picked from young vines, with a yield of approximately 7 tons per hectare, at a sugar level of 24 ºB and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. Barrel maturation took place in new as well as 2nd fill small French oak barrels for 15 months.

Chemical Analysis: Alcohol – 13.5 vol%; pH – 3.7; Acidity – 5.5 g/l; Res. sugar – 1.8 g/l

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