South Africa / Stellenbosch
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2018 Jordan Black Magic Merlot

Jordan Wine Estate

Stellenbosch

The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird. At Jordan Wine Estate, our Merlot vineyards are based on Black Tourmaline-rich granite which darkens the soil, leading to perfumed, inky wines. Harvested from mature east and west-facing vineyards established on mother soils of decomposed granite. Part whole-berry fermentation and softer pump-overs extract aromas of red plums and dark bitter chocolate. French oak maturation seasons the wine to accentuate the seductive flavours and generous velvety tannins.


Viticulture

SOIL: Decomposed granite
ASPECT: East– and west-facing vineyards.
AGE OF VINES: 27-33 years old
CLONES: 192, 36, 343 & 348


Vinification

Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors at 26-28°C. Pump-overs were done three times daily over the fermenting cap. A small portion received extended maceration while the remainder was pressed immediately after fermentation. After settlement, the wine was racked into barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After further racking, it spent 18 months in new and second fill 225 litre French oak barrels.