Born of the sea, Guided by the stars, Blessed by the earth

Raka Barrel Selected Merlot 2005

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Tanya Rousseau
Main Variety - Merlot
Alcohol - 14.83 %vol
pH - 3.52
RS - 2.5 g/l
Total Acid - 5.6 g/l
Appellation - Coastal


Type - Red
Style - Dry


Michelangelo Awards 2006 - Gold Medal

Tasting Notes

Veritas 2006 - Bronze
Michelangelo Awards 2006 - Gold Medal

Deep ruby colour. This wine shows hints of mint with cassis, red berries and cloves. Sweet violets and some smokiness follows through on the palate. The palate is full-bodied and well-balanced with ripe tannins and a smooth finish.

Blend Information


In The Vineyard

Wine-growing area: Western Cape, Kleinriver Ward

About The Harvest

All grapes were hand picked and sorted twice before a pure yeast culture was inoculated.

In The Cellar

The juice was pumped over the skins 3-5 times per day for 5 days. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was drained of the primary lees and transferred to a resting tank. Malolactic fermentation and a brief settling period preceded the wine to a combination of 225 liter barrels of French oak types. The wine spent between 12- 14 months is barrel before bottling and labeling.

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Raka Barrel Selected Merlot 2006 Josef Dreyer Merlot
Raka Barrel Selected Merlot 2005 Tanya Rousseau Merlot
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