Thelema Merlot 2009
A wonderfully balanced, juicy, up-front red with smoky fruit flavours, and surprisingly firm tannins.
WIll develop well for 6 years from vintage date.
Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.
|Varietal||Merlot – clone 192 and 348A|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 1988 and 2000|
|Plant density||2460 – 3200 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Yield||Approximately 10.9 t/ha|
|Vintage||Like 2008, there was a late start to the 2009 harvest. Long, moderate to dry warm spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.|
|Picking date||4th – 9th March|
|Grape sugar||24.6 – 25.7 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.4|
|Yeasts||Natural occurring yeasts|
|Fermentation temp||27 °C|
|Method||De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermenters, cold soak for 2 days, pumped over twice a day for 5 days, generally with an aerated pump over in the morning and a closed circulation in the afternoon. After fermentation the wine is left on the skins for two days before pressing and then racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation.|
|Wood maturation||18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new, balance in older barrels.|
|Residual Sugar||1.5 g/l|
|Total acid||5.2 g/l|
|Alcohol||15.09% by volume|
|Maturation||2011 – 2018|
Juicy, upfront red fruit and concentrated flavours, backed up with surprisingly firm tannins. Wonderfully balanced.