Thelema “The Mint” Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Ripe red berry, cassis and dark chocolate flavours are complimented by hints of mint and on the palate. The wine has fine tannins with a long, mocha finish.
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POSSIBLE ORIGIN OF “MINT” / EUCALYPTOL CHARACTER
The source of the “mint” character is attributed to the airborne transfer from the Eucalyptus trees, which border this specific Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard, to the grape berries. The berries outer wax layer adsorbs Eucalyptol, a compound responsible for the aroma, released into the air by the trees. It subsequently becomes dissolved during the fermentation process, which takes place on the skins, inevitably giving the wine a “minty” character unique to this vineyard.
|Varietal||100% Cabernet Sauvignon – clone 338|
|Root stock||Mgt 101-14|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 2016|
|Plant density||2000 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 15cm|
|Vintage||A warm, dry vintage with a late start, resulted in smaller tonnage but yielding balanced, well-structured wines with lovely intensity.|
|Picking date||2 - 23 March 2021|
|Grape sugar||24.1 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.46|
|Fermentation temp||27 °C|
|Method||De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into a stainless steel fermenter, pumped over for 10 days, left for 6 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.|
|Wood maturation||18 months in barrel. 40% new French oak, balance in older barrels.|
|Residual Sugar||1.5 g/l|
|Total acid||5.9 g/l|
|Alcohol||14% by volume|
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