Thelema Merlot 2018
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.
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.
|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 8.6 t/ha|
|Vintage||A warm, dry vintage with a late start, resulted in smaller tonnage but yielding balanced, well structured wines with lovely intensity.|
|Picking date||6 January 2018 - 26 January 2018|
|Grape sugar||23.7 - 25.6 °B|
|Acidity||5.0 - 5.36 g/l|
|pH at harvest||3.56 - 3.61|
|Fermentation temp||24°C - 27 °C|
|Method||De-stalked, hand sorted with whole berries 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 malolactic fermentation.|
|Wood maturation||18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, balance in older barrels.|
|Residual Sugar||2.0 g/l|
|Total acid||5.6 g/l|
|Alcohol||14.5% by volume|
|Maturation||2021 – 2027|
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