Thelema Merlot Reserve 2021
This wine is a limited release of the finest Merlot of the vintage. On the nose, ripe cherries, succulent raspberries, and delicate blackcurrant notes intertwine elegantly with hints of cedar, sandalwood, and baking spices. The palate offers a symphony of red fruit flavours, led by strawberries and black cherries, balanced by refined acidity, velvety tannins, and subtle minerality. This Merlot exemplifies elegance and balance, offering a sophisticated yet approachable expression.
Perfect for pairing with dishes like seared duck breast, mushroom risotto, or aged Gruyère.
|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||A warm, dry vintage with a late start, resulted in smaller tonnage but yielding balanced, well-structured wines with lovely intensity.|
|Picking date||3 - 8 March 2021|
|Grape sugar||24.2 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.42|
|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 51% new French oak barrels|
|Residual Sugar||1.7 g/l|
|Total acid||5.6 g/l|
|Alcohol||14.0% by volume|
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