Thelema Merlot Reserve 2010

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 : 14.75 % vol  rs : 2.3 g/l  pH : 3.65  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

ageing : Will continue to develop well for 8 years.

in the vineyard : Varietal: Merlot - Clone 192
Root stock: R99
Soil type: Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines: Planted 1988
Plant density: 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising: vertical hedge
Pruning: 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield: 10 tons per ha
Irrigation: supplementary drip

about the harvest: One of the more difficult vintages in recent years. Warm spells of weather, with random rainy periods during the ripening period.

Picking date: 3th & 8th March
Grape sugar: 25 balling
Acidity: 4.73 g/l
pH at harvest: 3.48

in the cellar : Yeasts: Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp: 27? Celsius
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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