Thelema Merlot Reserve 2009

This wine is a blend of the best parcels within our merlot vineyards. A wine well structured and showing extraordinary concentrations of ripe berries and cedar wood. Will reward cellaring.

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

variety : Merlot [ 100% Merlot ]
winemaker : Gyles Webb & Rudi Schultz
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 15.06 % vol  rs : 1.7 g/l  pH : 3.68  ta : 5.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Will continue to develop well for 8 years.

in the vineyard : Varietal: Merlot, clones 192
Soil type: Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines: Planted 1988
Trellising: vertical hedge
Pruning: 2-bud spurs every 12cm Irrigation: supplementary drip

about the harvest: 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; 5th & 9th March
Grape sugar: 25.5 °B
Acidity: 4.97 g/l
pH at harvest: 3.45

in the cellar : Yeasts: Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp: 27 º 

Method: De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks, cold soak for two days, and pumped over twice a day for 5 days, an aerated pump over in the morning and a closed circulation in the afternoon. After fermentation the wine is left on the skins for 2 days before pressing, once pressed wine is racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.

Wood maturation: 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels

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