Thelema "Vin de Hel" Muscat Late Harvest (375ml) 2008

Beautiful rich golden colour with very typical Muscat characters on the nose complemented by some undertones of citrus and apricot. Superb mouthfeel with bags of flavour which is backed up with a good balance of acid.

Maturation

With correct cellaring this late harvest will age exceptionally well for at least 10 years from date of vintage.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with dessert or some fine handcrafted cheeses.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Muscat de Frontignan
Root stock R99
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1986
Plant density 3074 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield 2.047 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage A cooler vintage with small spells of rain, resulting in a later-than-usual start to the harvest. The harvest was also longer than usual. Overall it was a very good year, with elegant and concentrated flavours.
Picking date 4th April
Grape sugar 39.34 °B
Acidity 4.29 g/l
pH at harvest 4.08
Yeasts WE14
Fermentation temp 14 °C
Method De-stalk, crush, overnight skin-contact with skin contact enzymes, pressed, settled and fermented in stainless steel tank. Fermentation was stopped at around 10% Alcohol leaving the wine with a residual sugar of 167.13 g/l.
Residual sugar 167.13 g/l
pH 3.4
Total acid 6.76 g/l
Alcohol 10.59% by volume
Maturation 2011 – 2018

Beautiful rich golden colour with very typical Muscat characters on the nose complemented by some undertones of citrus and apricot. Superb mouthfeel with bags of flavour which is backed up with a good balance of acid. Vin de Hel is an elegant, concentrated and delicious wine to enjoy with dessert or some fine handcrafted cheeses.

All vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008