Thursday, 22 January 2009

TN : Thelema Sutherland Rhine Riesling 2008, Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Elgin, South Africa

Thelema is family run and produced its first wines in 1988.

The rootstock used for the vines is Mgt 101-14. The soil type of the vineyards was Tukulu. The vines themselves were planted in August 2004 using a planting density of 2.7 metres by 1.6 metres. The trellising is 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires. The vines are spur pruned. The yield was 9 tonnes per hectare. Drip irrigation was used. The grapes were picked on the 28th February at 20.68 balling. The acidity was 7.22 and the pH at harvest was 3.15. WE14 yeast was used for fermentation. The final pH is 3.18, total acidity is 6.02 grammes per litre, and the alcohol is 12.4%. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

The wine was imported by AB Nigab.

Colour : Pale straw

Aroma : Lime, lemon, slight mineral

Taste : Minerals on finish, pear, lemon, lime, bone dry

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 119 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Website : AB Nigab

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