Plaisir De Merle Chardonnay - 750ml

Plaisir de Merle

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    Plaisir De Merle Chardonnay - 750ml

    Established by the French huguenots in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek, Plaisir De Merle is a rare gem. A distell showpiece, this 974 hector estate in Simondium, Paarl, has earned international acclaim for it's white and red wines. About 400 hectors are planted with a variety of noble grape cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Malbec, and an area of only about 80 hectors of prime vineyards has been set aside for the Plaisir De Merle cellar. Winemaker Niel Bester attributes the success of his wines to being able to work with great fruit coming from a very unique terrain and the invaluable input from his viticulture team. The vineyards the diversity of the soils, slopes and elevations is closely linked with the quality of Plaisir De Merle wines. Welldrained weathered granite soils (predominantly Tukulu and Hutton) with good water retention allow minimal irrigation with most vineyards dry land. Grapes were sourced from four vineyards at Plaisir De Merle.

    The vines, ranging from 12 -23 years in age, are situated between 250m and 450m above sea level on the southeastern slopes of the simonsberg. Viticulturist: Freddie le Roux the winemaking the grapes were harvested by hand at between 23.1 degrees Celsius and 24.8 degrees Celsius balling. The juice of each vineyard was kept separately, clarified and then 70% were fermented in 300 litre French Oak barrels and the balance in stainless steel tanks. The wine remained on the lees for eight months. A combination of first-fill (50%), second-fill (25%) and third fill (25%) barrels were used. The barrels were rolled or stirred regularly to suspend the lees in order to gain complexity, better integration of Oak flavors and add to the mouth feel of the wine. About 70% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation to increase complexity and add to a fuller mouth feel. The individual barrels were then tasted and the blend composed. 

    Wine Maker's Comments: 
    - Colour: Light straw with a green tint
    - Bouquet: Lime, pear, almonds, notes of Oak and a smoky toastiness
    - Taste: Round and full with stone fruit, citrus and sweet, ripe tropical flavours and a light toastiness layered with creaminess in a lingering aftertaste. Sweet vanilla Oak flavours enrich the taste experience
    - Food Pairing: Enjoy on it's own or with fish, white meats and salads

    Chemical Analysis:
    - Alcohol: 13.79 vol% 
    - Residual sugar: 2.2 g-l 
    - Total acidity: 5.4 g-l 
    - pH: 3.39 
    - Total production: 2600 cases

    Feature:
    - Weight: 1.3kg
    Categories
    LiquorWineWhiteChardonnay
    Country
    South Africa
    Brand
    Plaisir de Merle
    Barcode
    6001452475006
    Title
    Plaisir De Merle Chardonnay - 750ml

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