Thelema Merlot Reserve 2015

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South African Customers:
R350.00 per bottle (incl. VAT)

International Customers:
$21.61 per bottle

  • EUR 18.47
  • GBP 16.31
  • USD 21.61
 

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 A cool start to the season, but warmed up during the peak harvesting period. Very little rain during harvest, resulting in good, healthy fruit.
Picking date 17 February 2015
Grape sugar 24.8 °B
Acidity 4.66 g/l
pH at harvest 3.55
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 1.9 g/l
pH 3.45
Total acid 5.8 g/l
Alcohol 14.0% by volume
Maturation 2019 – 2027

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:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009