Thelema Merlot 2003

John Platter 2006 - 5 Stars
This is a barrel selection of our finest merlot. This wine has enormous depth of colour, pure and concentrated blackcurrant flavours and a wonderful silky texture. The tannins are firm at the moment, and the wine will benefit from ageing for another few years.


variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Gyles Webb
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.11 % vol  rs : 1.4 g/l  pH : 3.45  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
John Platter 2006 - 5 Stars

ageing : Should peak in about 2008.

in the vineyard : Varietal: Merlot, clone 192
Root stock: R99
Soil type: Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vine: Planted 1988
Plant density: 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising: Vertical hedge
Pruning: 2-bud spurs every 12 cms
Yield: Approximately 7 tons per ha
Irrigation: Supplementary drip
Vintage: Warm weather with a long ripening period.

about the harvest: Picking date: 19th Feb until 2nd March
Grape sugar: Average 25° Balling
Acidity: Average 6 g/l
pH at harvest: 3,6

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