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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.

Old single trellised Merlot vines from the Polkadraai area in Stellenbosch exudes bright, fresh black plums. Generous purple fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant thread of lead pencil shavings from the elevated vineyards in Stellenbosch. The wine is harmoniously balanced with opulently textured mid- core palate weight. This vintage 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.4 g/L

pH

3.62

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Cathy Marshall

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Clusters were de-stemmed and partially crushed after stringent sorting to remove unwanted berries and other matter. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in small fermentation vats for fourteen days and once primary fermentation was completed, the mash was pressed in a small basket press. The wine was then decanted to small French oak casks for secondary Malo-lactic fermentation and left to mature for 12 months. The final barrel selection was made and taken through a light filtration prior to bottling.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate. Wines are registered with the South African Vegan Society

Tasting video

With owner and winemaker Cathy Marshall.

 

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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.

Old single trellised Merlot vines from the Polkadraai area in Stellenbosch exudes bright, fresh black plums. Generous purple fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant thread of lead pencil shavings from the cool climate Cabernet Franc from the Elgin Valley. The wine is harmoniously balanced with opulently textured mid- core palate weight. 79% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.9 g/L

pH

3.59

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Catherine Marshall

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch/Elgin

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Clusters were de-stemmed and partially crushed after stringent sorting to remove unwanted berries and other matter. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in small fermentation vats for fourteen days and once primary fermentation was completed, the mash was pressed in a small basket press. The wine was then decanted to small French oak casks for secondary Malo-lactic fermentation and left to mature for 12 months. The final barrel selection was made and taken through a light filtration prior to bottling.

Awards

Platter: 4*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate. Wines are registered with the South African Vegan Society.

Tasting video

With owner and winemaker Cathy Marshall.

 

 

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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.

French clone Merlot exudes bright, fresh black plums. Plush purple fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant thread of fresh acidity from the cool climate fruit from the Elgin Valley. In its youth, broad and bright purple fruit is forward; over time this will evolve to stewed prunes, blonde tobacco and hazelnuts with seamless, mellowed tannins on the finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Catherine Marshall

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Clusters were de-stemmed and partially crushed after stringent sorting to remove unwanted berries and other matter. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in small fermentation vats for after about fourteen days and once primary fermentation was completed, the mash was pressed in a small basket press. The wine was then decanted to small French oak casks for secondary malolactic fermentation and left to mature for 12 months. The final barrel selection was made and taken through a very light filtration prior to bottling. No finings were applied to ensure that natural integrity and structure of the resultant wine was maintained.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate. Wines are registered with the South African Vegan Society.

Tasting video

With owner and winemaker Cathy Marshall.

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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.

French clone Merlot (96%) exudes bright, fresh black plums. Plush purple fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant thread of fresh acidity from the addition of a small splash of Cabernet Franc (4%) to balance the mid core palate weight. In its youth, broad and bright purple fruit is forward; over time this will evolve to stewed prunes, blonde tobacco and hazelnuts with seamless, mellowed tannins on the finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Catherine Marshall

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2016

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Clusters were de-stemmed and partially crushed after stringent sorting to remove unwanted berries and other matter. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in small fermentation vats for after about fourteen days and once primary fermentation was completed, the mash was pressed in a small basket press. The wine was then decanted to small French oak casks for secondary malolactic fermentation and left to mature for 12 months. The final barrel selection was made and taken through a very light filtration prior to bottling. No finings were applied to ensure that natural integrity and structure of the resultant wine was maintained.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate. Wines are registered with the South African Vegan Society.

 

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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.

Exudes ripe black fruit and prune aromas. Plush purple fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant thread of fresh acidity to harmoniously balance the opulently-textured mid palate weight.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.79

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Catherine Marshall

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

Vinification details

Clusters are de-stemmed and partially crushed after stringent sorting to remove unwanted berries and other matter. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in small fermentation vats for about fourteen days and once primary fermentation is completed, the mash is pressed in a small basket press. The wine is then decanted to small French oak casks for secondary malo-lactic fermentation and left to mature for 12 months. The final barrel selection is made and taken through a very light filtration prior to bottling. No finings are applied to ensure that natural integrity and structure of the resultant wine is maintained.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Plush, textured and grassy, it’s a stylishly oaked, black cherry and bramble fruity expression of a grape that’s underrated in the Cape.

Tim Atkin MW

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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.

Exudes ripe black fruit and prune aromas. Plush purple fruit flavours are supported by a vibrant thread of fresh acidity to harmoniously balance the opulently-textured mid palate weight.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.51

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Catherine Marshall

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

TIME IN OAK

12 months

SULPHUR

Total: 75 Free: 14

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

Vinification details

Clusters are de-stemmed and partially crushed after stringent sorting to remove unwanted berries and other matter. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in small fermentation vats for about fourteen days and once primary fermentation is completed, the mash is pressed in a small basket press. The wine is then decanted to small French oak casks for secondary malo-lactic fermentation and left to mature for 12 months. The final barrel selection is made and taken through a very light filtration prior to bottling. No finings are applied to ensure that natural integrity and structure of the resultant wine is maintained.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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