Thelema Merlot Reserve 2003
This is a barrel selection of our finest merlot. This wine has enormous depth of colour, pure and concentrated blackcurrant flavours and a wonderful silky texture. The tannins are firm at the moment, and the wine will benefit from ageing for another few years.
Have this with your Christmas roast or duck breast with berry sauce.
This wine is a blend of the best parcels within our merlot vineyards. A wine well structured and showing extraordinary concentrations of ripe berries and cedar wood.
|Varietal||Merlot – Clone 192|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 1988|
|Plant density||3200 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Vintage||Warm, not hot, with a long ripening period.|
|Picking date||19th - 2nd March|
|Grape sugar||25 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.6|
|Fermentation temp||28 °C|
|Method||De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks, cold soak for two days, and pumped over twice a day for 5 days, an aerated pump over in the morning and a closed circulation in the afternoon. After fermentation the wine is left on the skins for 2 days before pressing, once pressed wine is racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.|
|Wood maturation||20 months in 100% new French oak barrels|
|Residual Sugar||1.4 g/l|
|Total acid||6.1 g/l|
|Alcohol||14.11% by volume|
The Current Range
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