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Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2016

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Josef Dreyer
Main Variety - Merlot
Alcohol - 14.5 %vol
pH - 3.45
RS - 2.3 g/l
Total Acid - 6.0 g/l
Appellation - Klein River

Characteristics

Type - Red
Style - Dry


Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep ruby colour.  This juicy wine with red cherries, plums and a hint of mintiness on the nose carries the same character through on the palate, combined with spicy oak notes. This elegant and smooth wine has supple tannins.

Blend Information

100% Merlot

About The Harvest

All grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyards.

In The Cellar

A second berry sorting was done in the cellar, before a pure yeast culture was inocculated.  The juice was pumped over the skins 3-5 times per day and manual punch downs done for 5 days. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was drained off the primary lees and transferred to a resting tank. Malolactic fermentation and a brief settling period preceded the wine’s transfer to a combination of 225 litre barrels of French oak types. (25% New)


Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2016 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2015 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2014 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2013 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2012 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2011 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2010 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2009 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2008 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Select Merlot 2007 Josef Dreyer Merlot