Thelema Merlot 2011
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 10.8 t/ha|
|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|
|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|
|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.