Thelema Rabelais 2020
Francois Rabelais was a sixteenth – century French writer. His first novel describes an abbey on the banks of the Loire named Thélème where only one rule was observed: “Do what thou wilt!” Thelema is family run and has been making wine since 1988. The finest red wine of the vintage, blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, honours the man who gave us our name.
This complex and full-bodied wine complements beef and game dishes.
During our annual vintage review individual barrels are identified and earmarked for the Rabelais blend. Concentrated aromas of dark berries and cedar wood on the nose are complemented by lovely sweet fruit and polished tannins on the palate. The wine finishes long and firm and will reward cellaring.
|Varietal||Cabernet Sauvignon - CS 338C & CS 169A / Petit Verdot - Clone PV 219A|
|Root stock||101-14 and R99|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 2002 and 2003|
|Plant density||2000 and 2110 vines per hectare respectively|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Yield||9.8 tons/ha (Cabernet), 9.5 tons/ha (PV)|
|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||28 February 2020 (Cabernet Sauvignon), 8 March 2020 (PV)|
|Grape sugar||25.5°B (Cabernet), 23.9 °B (PV)|
|Acidity||5.4 g/l (Cabernet), 7.7 g/l (PV)|
|pH at harvest||3.6 (Cabernet), 3.3 (PV)|
|Fermentation temp||26 - 27 °C|
|Method||De-stalked, hand sorted, whole berries pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks and pumped over twice a day until dry. After fermentation the wine is left on the skins for 12 hours before pressing, once pressed wine is racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.|
|Wood Maturation||18 months in 100% new 225 L French oak barrels|
|Residual Sugar||2.0 g/l|
|Total acid||6.5 g/l|
|Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 90 % and Petit Verdot 10 %|
The Current Range
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