Thelema Merlot 2010
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.
Juicy, upfront red fruit and concentrated flavours with just the right amount of tannin. Hints of dark chocolate on the finish complete this wonderfully balanced wine.
|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 10.8 t/ha|
|Vintage||Moderate to warm weather spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.|
|Picking date||3th – 8th March|
|Grape sugar||25.0 – 25.0 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.6|
|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, 30% new, balance in older barrels.|
|Residual Sugar||2.4 g/l|
|Total acid||5.9 g/l|
|Alcohol||15.14% by volume|
|Maturation||2012 – 2020|
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