Ridgeback Merlot


Excl. BTW: €14,76

Prijs in spaarpunten: 60

Excl. BTW:
Prijs in spaarpunten:
75 cl
3-4 werkdagen

Ridgeback Merlot 

The North- South facing vineyards used for this wine are grown in deep Oakleaf soils and are vertically shoot positioned. Irrigation is monitored and scheduled according to soil moisture availability. Early leaf plucking in the bunch zone and a narrow canopy enables sufficient sunlight penetration into the canopy ensuring ripe tannins and optimal flavour at harvest.HARVEST:

Bunches were healthy and harvested at optimal berry and seed

The bunches were destemmed onto the sorting table ensuring the removal of all stalks and retaining a whole berry component of 30% in the fermenter.

The mash was then cold soaked overnight at 12 degrees Celsius.

Fermentation was done in open stainless steel fermenters at 24-28 degrees Celsius using a commercial yeast strain specifically suited to the cultivar.

Pumpovers were done 3-4 times daily to extract flavour and tannins for structure.

 The mash was pressed immediately after primary fermentation was completed to avoid harsh tannin extraction.

The wine was gravity fed to 225l barrels after secondary or Malo-lactic fermentation.

Maturation in 25% new, 52% second fill and 23% third fill French oak barrels lasted for 18 months and the wine was then lightly filtered prior to bottling.


Intense aromatics of dark plum, mulberry and liquorice with a hint of mint. A generously juicy midpalate is well cradled by ripe tannin and lingering pepper wood spice on the long finish.


The bold structure of this Merlot ensures versatility and would pair well with a wide range of game, especially ostrich.