Thelema Merlot Reserve 2020
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.
Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.
This wine is a blend of the best parcels within our merlot vineyards. Notes of violets, sweet piquant plummy black fruits and a wonderful undertone of graphite. On the palate, there are layers upon layers of black and blue berry fruits, espresso notes and fabulous depth.
|Varietal||Merlot – Clone 192 / MO 343|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted in 1988 & 2000|
|Plant density||3200 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Vintage||Moderate weather during the growing season lead to optimal ripening conditions allowing for evenly ripened fruit with great natural acidity and concentration of flavour.|
|Picking date||20 - 24 February 2020|
|Grape sugar||23.5 °B - 24.5 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.5|
|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||2.1 g/l|
|Total acid||5.6 g/l|
|Alcohol||14.0% by volume|
The Current Range
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