STELLEKAYA IS A FAMILY OWNED BOUTIQUE WINERY, THAT HAND CRAFTS RED WINE FROM CAREFULLY SELECTED VINEYARDS IN THE STELLENBOSCH REGION.
STELLEKAYA MERLOT 2018
Inspired by the brightest star in Taurus, the "giant red, Aldebaran", known as the "eye of the bull".
Site: Blocks from East and South West
facing slopes of Stellenbosch
Altitude: 180 to 200 metres
Soil Type: Tukulu
Age of Vines: 11 years
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation
Climate: Cool False Bay evening breezes
Grapes were handpicked at optimal ripeness in early March 2018. The yield was 7.9 tons per ha.
Maceration: Cold soaked for 3 days
Fermentation: Open micro fermenters
Pressing: Basket Pressed
Malolactic fermentation: In the barrels
Maturation: 26 months in a blend of differing age French Oak 225 liters
Bottled: June 2019
Production: 4290 litres
Deep crimson in colour. This wine showcases attractive dark berry fruit with savoury and earthy notes. Elegant with juicy soft tannins and good acidity.
Pairs well with slow roasted pork belly, with a reduction of berries, and or seared tuna.
Alc: 14.0% vol
Rs: 3.1 g/l
TA: 5.7 g/l