2011 Allegretto Pie Franco Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

Allegretto or a medium brisk and playful tempo is a very special single vineyard wine we call as a true Merlot. The vines are planted on their own rootstock (pie franco) in white silica sand (what glass is made out of). Each and every vintage we are rewarded with a trueness and transparency in the flavour that is not seen elsewhere. We also believe the white silica sandy soil of this vineyard contributes to the elegant style of this wine.

2011 Allegretto is ethereal and lithe. A wine that caresses the palate as opposed to forcing itself on you. Medium bodied, integrated tannins and a melange of red and black fruit approach you politely in poise. 2011 vintage as in the past continued to give us a special Merlot but with an even rarer level of elegance.

Vineyards:

With 14.6% alcohol, this is a testament to the ability of Merlot to get ripe if farmed well. This juicy wine has aromas and flavours of blueberry and cherry. The fruit and texture are concentrated and there is enough of backbone of ripe tannin to let the wine develop over the next five years.

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