Thelema Merlot 2009

A wonderfully balanced, juicy, up-front red with smoky fruit flavours, and surprisingly firm tannins.

Maturation

WIll develop well for 6 years from vintage date.

Food Pairing

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Merlot – clone 192 and 348A
Root stock R99/110
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1988 and 2000
Plant density 2460 – 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield Approximately 10.9 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
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
Acidity 5.0 g/l
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
pH 3.67
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.

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