Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Fort Simon Merlot

2018 Gold Medal

Fort Simon Wine Estate

Fort Simon Wine Estate Fort Simon Merlot


This wine consists of only one cultivar, Merlot. The grapes were handpicked and grapes were selected out of our best block of Merlot. The grapes came in at 25 Balling, were destemmed and cold maturation lasted 48 hours. After cold maturation the pulp was inoculated with a yeast strain and fermentation took place for a period of 15 days at a temperature of 25-26C. In this 15 day period regular (4 times per day) pump overs were done. The juice was pressed when the fermentation finished witch paved the road for Malolactic fermentation to start and finish in 16 days thereafter. The wine matured in 100% French oak barrels for a period of 24 months. After maturation the wine was prepared for bottling.

This Merlot is a display of distinctive characteristics that are found in the Merlot vineyards of Fort Simon. A fresh fruity nose shows subtle aromas of rich black berries, plum flavours, dried fruit, white chocolate and a hint of fynbos. On the palate you experience the soft velvety round tannins, accompanied with a lingering taste of ripe berries. Maturation potential 8-10 years. Enjoy with meaty pastas and red meat dishes.