Franschhoek Cellars - The Old Museum Merlot
Established in 1954, the old museum houses a fascinating journey through the early pioneer life and times in the Franschhoek valley, chronicling intriguing genealogy of the original Huguenot settlers. Our Merlot pays homage to this French ancestry at the heart of our valley.
Bright ruby red with attractive plum and black cherry aromas tinged with herbal tea, liquorice and gentle oak spice. Soft and juicy with mouth-filling summer berry flavours that finish smoothly with sour cherry succulence.
The grapes are selected from vineyards varying in age from 8 to 26 years. The vineyards are planted on very particular soil types to allow for the optimum vine growth balance.Picked by hand through February at an average ripeness of 25°B.
Each parcel of grapes was cold macerated on the skins for 24 hours before inoculation with selected yeast. Fermentation at controlled temperatures with regular gentle pump-overs and punch downs, followed by 8 to 12 months maturation on French oak before final blending, stabilisation and bottling.
Best served between 16°C and 18°C for easy social drinking with or without food. Great with spicy sausages, roast lamb, spaghetti bolognaise, pizza or cottage pie.