Welmoed Merlot 2019


The 2018 harvest season was really challenging, due
to a prolonged drought, which some believe to be the
worst in 100 years. The Stellenbosch region’s
vineyards had good bunch quality overall, although
bunches were lighter than usual with less and smaller
berries per bunch due to the drought conditions and
water shortages. This led to a smaller wine grape
harvest than in 2017.


The grapes were harvested at 23° to 25° Balling at the
end of February and early March. Fermentation took
place at 24° to 27° Celsius in static red fermenters,
followed by a two-day cold soak to achieve an intense
extract. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took
place in stainless steel tanks with selected medium
toast French oak staves for approximately eight

Maturation potential

Ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age for
three years.

Food pairing

Excellent served with meat dishes or a platter of cold
meats and pickled vegetables.


Alcohol: 13.45 % by volume
Residual sugar: 3.47 g/l
Total acidity: 5.45 g/l
pH: 3.47

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6 x 750ml
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