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Amatra The Oreads Red, Catherine Marshall Wines

Catherine Marshall Wines
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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
3.4
pH
3.62
Acidity
5.5
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Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.
Tasting note

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

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Cathy Marshall
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13
Residual sugar
2.9
pH
3.59
Acidity
5.8
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Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Catherine Marshall
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch/Elgin
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.0
Residual sugar
2.5
pH
3.56
Acidity
5.3
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Catherine Marshall
Closure
Screw top
Region
Elgin
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.9
Residual sugar
3.0
pH
3.56
Acidity
5.3
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Catherine Marshall
Closure
Screw top
Region
Elgin
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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.4
Residual sugar
2.0
pH
3.79
Acidity
5.3
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Catherine Marshall
Closure
Screw top
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Blank

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.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.5
Residual sugar
3.3
pH
3.51
Acidity
6.4
Download Specification Sheet Download Full Size Images
Optimal vine ripeness and canopy management, in particular, are key to producing a seamless Amatra Merlot that is perfectly suited to the Elgin Valley.
Tasting note

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.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Merlot
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Catherine Marshall
Closure
Screw top
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Blank

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.