Thelema Merlot 2011

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 10.8 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Warm and windy vintage the driest season in some years with different varietals ripening at the same time making it a tough harvest for the winery crew
Picking date 22nd & 23rd February
Grape sugar 24.7 °B
Acidity 5.2 g/l
pH at harvest 3.5
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 2.1 g/l
pH 3.62
Total acid 5.0 g/l
Alcohol 14.89% by volume
Maturation 2014 – 2020

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.

All vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009