Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Complex and stylish, with aromas of ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate and pencil shavings. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.

Maturation

Already drinking well, and will develop for 8 years.

Food Pairing

A perfect accompaniment to grilled beef, especially with a Béarnaise sauce and rocket salad.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon – clone 46,169A and 338C
Root stock 101-14, R110 & R99
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1988, 1989 & 2002
Plant density 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 15cm
Yield Approximately 7.61 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Cool start to season delaying harvest by a week or so leading to an exceptional vintage with red wines of great purity, elegance and concentration.
Picking date 12th March – 4th April
Grape sugar Approximately 24.35 °B
Acidity 5.12 g/l
pH at harvest 3.60
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 27 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into stainless steel tanks, pumped over for 8 days, left for 3 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood maturation 18 months in barrel. 45% new French oak, balance in older barrels.
Residual sugar 2.3 g/l
pH 3.30
Total acid 5.2 g/l
Alcohol 14.0
Maturation 2016 – 2025

Complex and stylish, with aromas of ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate and pencil shavings. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.

All vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010