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The Stellenbosch Reserve

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Depicted on the back label, Kweekskool marked the start of higher education in Stellenbosch when it was inaugurated as the Theological Seminary in 1859.

This wine shows a fresh combination of pomegranate, plums, cherries and a herbal note of fennel. The fresh fruity flavours are accentuated by bright acidity on the palate and supported by fine tannins. Flavours of caramel and mocha are balanced by savoury notes of cured meat that bring complexity to the wine. A note of pomegranate leaves a fresh finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.6 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2018 vintage was dry, following three consecutive years of drought. The dry conditions allowed the grapes to develop concentrated fruit flavours. Grapes were selected from various sites located in the Stellenbosch region, with each site contributing different characteristics to create complexity in the wine.

Vinification details

Fermentation was completed in open-top stainless-steel fermentation tanks, with punch-downs and pump-overs performed four times daily to ensure balanced extraction of colour and flavour. After fermentation a further 14 days of maceration on the skins was allowed. Malolactic fermentation too place in barrel, after which the wine matured in seasoned French oak for 12 months. Individual parcels of Merlot were vinified separately and blended before bottling.

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Depicted on the back label, Kweekskool marked the start of higher education in Stellenbosch when it was inaugurated as the Theological Seminary in 1859.

Opaque with a purple rim, the 2017 Merlot shows lush red berries with notes of spearmint and vanilla on the nose. The palate is intense and powerful, with well-integrated creamy oak. Juicy blackberry and cassis flavours are balanced by fresh acidity and plush tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.5 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

February 2017

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2017 vintage was challenging because of severe drought conditions across the Western Cape. Grapes were selected from various locations in Stellenbosch, most with a percentage of clay, which has good water retention that aids vines during dry conditions. Moderate day temperatures and cool nights contributed to overall good quality in the grapes.

Vinification details

Fermentation was completed in open-top stainless-steel fermentation tanks, with punch-downs and pump-overs performed four times daily to ensure balanced extraction of colour and flavour. After fermentation a further 14 days of maceration on the skins was allowed. Malolactic fermentation too place in barrel, after which the wine matured in seasoned French oak for 12 months. Individual parcels of Merlot were vinified separately and blended before bottling.

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... scented mint and eucalyptus aromas [...] segue into a textured, smooth, well-balanced palate.

Tim Atkin MW

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Depicted on the back label, Kweekskool marked the start of higher education in Stellenbosch when it was inaugurated as the Theological Seminary in 1859.

Ruby red in colour, this is sassy South African Merlot showing obvious nuances of spearmint, red cherry and vanilla. The silky and succulent palate follows the flamboyant nose. Roast beef, mushroom pie and wet earth show lovely depth, while the medium-body is carried by a firm acidity. Softly textured, nice purity of sweet fruit and cherry berry finish. Delicious now, the tannins are substantial enough for up to 5 years' cellaring.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.48

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Reynie Oosthuizen

VARIETY

Merlot

BOTTLED DATE

January 2018

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The wine was fermented in stainless steel open top fermenters, with manual punch downs four times per day. Primary fermentation took seven days, followed by a maceration period of 14 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels, thereafter the wine was matured in 2nd-fill 300L French oak barrels for 18 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

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Depicted on the back label, Kweekskool marked the start of higher education in Stellenbosch when it was inaugurated as the Theological Seminary in 1859.

Deep ruby, this wine is full of beautiful dark berry and dark chocolate aromas with a wonderful line of cedar and tobacco which makes for a complex and intriguing nose. The dark berry follows through from the nose in the form of ripe blackberry and mulberry flavours. There is a very subtle hazelnut flavour that works wonders in creating a complex mouthfeel in this elegant yet powerful wine with a long, lingering finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vinification details

The wine was fermented in stainless steel open top fermentors, with manual punch downs occurring 4 times a day. Primary fermentation took 7 days, followed by a maceration period of 14 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels, after which the wine was matured in second-fill 300L French oak barrels for 18 months.

 

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