Thelema Merlot 2014
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
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 10.7 - 12.77 t/ha|
|Vintage||Very hot and dry vintage, resulting in an early start to the picking, with different varieties ripening at the same time. A tough vintage for the winery crews.|
|Picking date||5th March - 7th March|
|Grape sugar||23.8 - 25.8 °B|
|Acidity||4.2 - 5.3 g/l|
|pH at harvest||3.48 - 3.78|
|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||2.4 g/l|
|Total acid||5.3 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.