Thelema "Vin de Hel" Muscat Late Harvest (375ml) 2009

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 10.15 tons/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Like 2008, there was a late start to the 2009 harvest. Long, moderate to dry warm spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.
Picking date 15th April
Grape sugar 34.8 °B
Acidity 5.19 g/l
pH at harvest 3.96
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 197.1 g/l
pH 3.72
Total acid 6.9 g/l
Alcohol 11% by volume
Maturation 2012 – 2019

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