Thelema Merlot 2011

Juicy, upfront red fruit and concentrated flavours with just the right amount of tannin. Hints of dark chocolate on the finish completes this wonderfully balanced wine.

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

variety : Merlot | 100% Merlot
winemaker : Gyles Webb & Rudi Schultz
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.89 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.62  ta : 5.0 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Will develop well for 6 years from vintage date.

in the vineyard : Varietal: Merlot – clone 192 and 348A
Root stock: R99/110
Soil type: Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines:; Planted 1988 and 2000
Plant density: 2460 – 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising: Vertical hedge
Pruning: 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield: Approximately 10.8 t/ha
Irrigation: Supplementary drip
Vintage: Moderate to warm weather spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.

about the harvest: Picking date: 22nd & 23rd February
Grape suga:r 24.7 °B
Acidity: 5.2 g/l
pH at harvest: 3.5

in the cellar : 
Yeasts:: Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 27 °C
Method: De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermenters, cold soak for 2 days, pumped over twice a day for 5 days, generally with an aerated pump over in the morning and a closed circulation in the afternoon. After fermentation the wine is left on the skins for two days before pressing and then racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation. Wood maturation 18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, balance in older barrels.

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