Thelema Merlot Reserve 2019
This wine is a limited release of the finest Merlot of the vintage. It is rich and complex and showing extraordinary concentrations of ripe berries and cedar wood.
Will continue to develop well for 10 years.
Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.
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.
|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||Cool weather conditions constituted smaller more concentrated berries, leading to wines with great natural acidity and flavour.|
|Picking date||15 March|
|Grape sugar||23.6 °B - 25 °B|
|Acidity||4.9 - 5.3 g/l|
|pH at harvest||3.73|
|Yeasts||Alchemy 4 / X-Pure|
|Fermentation temp||24 - 26 °C|
|Method||The grapes are de-stalked, hand sorted, the whole berries are pumped into stainless steel fermentation.Tanks, inoculated with a cultured yeast and pumped over once a day until the desired level of colour and tannin extraction has been achieved. 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||2.4 g/l|
|Total acid||5.3 g/l|
|Alcohol||13.5% by volume|
|Maturation||2021 – 2031|
The Current Range
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