Laibach, The Claypot Merlot 750ml 2016

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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Awarded 'Best Overall' wine in the 2019 Winemag Merlot Report.

'Matured for 16 months in French oak, 100% new. Attractive aromatics of red and black fruit, violets, tea leaf and oak spice. The palate shows pure fruit and bright acidity while the finish is long and dry. Intense but not weighty, this a beautifully balanced and elegant wine.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

Winemaker's notes:
The wine is made from two vineyards on the farm. Block 16 is an old block and we use some of the least vigorous spots that we carefully mark and harvest by hand separately. The farm is organically farmed and certified for about 10 years. The other block is a younger block which adds fruit and colour to the final wine. We do a lot of sorting after destemming, but before crushing. We do everything by hand and can only run at around two tons per hour. Cold soak is practice for some tanks and in general, we do everything with natural yeast. A bit of sulfur is added at the crusher and again at bottling but no other additives, fining agents etc. are used in our winemaking. Some parts are open fermented with manual, traditional punch downs favoured for extraction. The grapes spend up to 35 days in total on the skins before pressing. Malolactic is done in the tank and the wine is filled into 100% new Francois Freres and Seguin Moreau barrels for 16 months ageing. The best barrels are tasted and blended to make the final wine. In some years a bit of Cab Franc might be added to enhance the aromatics.

Alc: 14.5%
More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating CE 93
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R325.00
Producer Laibach
Region Stellenbosch
Variety Merlot
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