Thelema Merlot Reserve 2013

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 12 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 4th & 5th of March
Grape sugar 25.5 °B
Acidity 4.5 g/l
pH at harvest 3.6
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 pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood maturation 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Residual Sugar 2.0 g/l
pH 3.62
Total acid 4.9 g/l
Alcohol 14.00 % by volume
Maturation 2016 – 2024

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