Mellasat Tempranillo is deep red in colour. savoury in character. The nose giving a cigar box aroma leading to marinated cherry and autumn blackberry on the palate.
It is matured in French oak barriques for 18 months. With the smaller proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon giving a balancing backbone of tannin and structure, it is expected this wine will continue to develop for several years to come if cellared correctly.
Tempranillo is not a grape that is particularly well known or used in South Africa, however it is enjoying vineyards an enhanced reputation in the vineyards in the Paarl Region. And producing this wine which is one of the signature wines from this vineyard.
Food Matching: Try this with Chorizo and other cured meats. Really good on a winters day with a slow cooked lamb shank on a bed of Polenta.
Grape: 69% Tempranillo and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification: After crushing fermentation takes place over the next 5 to 7 days on skins. With an average temperature of 24 degrees centigrade being maintained. Following pressing malolactic fermentation is induced in the barrel and completed within five to six months.
This wine was blended in September 2012 using 69% Tempranillo 2011 vintage, and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vintage. A light fining of Biolees was used after blending. The wine was bottled in October 2012.
No filtering of the wine was undertaken except at bottling when a 5-micron filtration was used.
Mellasat Vineyards was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original ‘Farm Dekkersvlei’ which in turn was established in 1693. Located near Paarl, in the heart of South Africa’s famous winelands just 45 minutes from Cape Town. The vineyard enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein Mountains together with panoramic views of the Paarl and its famous granite domes. The vineyard sits at 250 metres above sea level.
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