Thelema Merlot Reserve 2009

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. Will reward cellaring.

Maturation

Will continue to develop well for 8 years.

Food Pairing

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Merlot – Clone 192
Root stock R99
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1988
Plant density 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield 11.2 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Like 2008, there was a late start to the 2009 harvest. Long, moderate to dry warm spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.
Picking date 5th & 9th March
Grape sugar 25.5 °B
Acidity 4.97 g/l
pH at harvest 3.45
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 27 °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 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Residual Sugar 1.7 g/l
pH 3.63
Total acid 5.3 g/l
Alcohol 15.06% by volume
Maturation 2011 – 2020

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. Will reward cellaring.

All vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009