Thelema Merlot 2013

The wine shows bright, red fruit and hints of spice on the nose, with concentrated flavours on the palate and soft, polished tannins. Hints of dark chocolate complete this wonderfully balanced wine

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 Cool start to season delaying harvest by a week or so leading to an exceptional vintage with red wines of great purity, elegance and concentration.
Picking date 26th February - 5th March
Grape sugar 25.8 °B
Acidity 4.8 g/l
pH at harvest 3.64
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 pressed and racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation.
Wood maturation 18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, balance in older barrels.
Residual Sugar 2.0 g/l
pH 3.69
Total acid 5.2 g/l
Alcohol 14.5% by volume
Maturation 2016 – 2022

The wine shows bright, red fruit and hints of spice on the nose, with concentrated flavours on the palate and soft, polished tannins. Hints of dark chocolate complete this wonderfully balanced wine.

All vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009