The Current Range

Thelema Méthode Cap Classique 2012

Thelema Méthode Cap Classique 2012

Bottle fermented and left on the lees for 28 months, the wine shows lovely citrus, floral and yeasty aromas with a fresh acidity and lively bubbles.

Maturation

Drinking well now, but will develop well over the next few years.

Food Pairing

Perfect for any celebration. Enjoy with salmon, sushi or sweet cheeses.

Older vintages:

2011

Thelema Verdelho 2015

Thelema Verdelho 2015

An unwooded style of the Portuguese variety, Verdelho. This wine shows aromas of apricot and stone fruit on the nose, complemented by zesty citrus, lemon grass and hints of spice on the palate.

Maturation

Drinking well now, and will develop well for 4 years.

Food Pairing

As an apertif, or with delicately flavoured foods like salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.

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Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Unwooded and well-balanced, with fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, and a full palate and zesty finish.

Maturation

Drinking well now, and will develop well for 2 years.

Food Pairing

As an apertif, or with delicately flavoured foods like salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.

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Older vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015

Our "M3" vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc offered up an exceptional wine in the 2015 vintage which we had to separate. This intensely aromatic Sauvignon shows aromas of passion fruit, Fynbos and lemon sorbet. Juicy on the palate with a long, zesty finish.

Maturation

Drinking well now, and will develop well for 3 years.

Food Pairing

As an apertif, or with salmon and other delicately flavoured dishes.

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Thelema Muscat de Frontignan 2015

Thelema Muscat de Frontignan 2015

Off-dry, unwooded, fragrant and fresh - beware the irresistable quaffability of this excellently balanced wine.

Maturation

Ready now, but will develop for 2 more years

Food Pairing

A perfect lunch time wine on its own, or with salads and delicately flavoured dishes.

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Older vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012

Thelema Riesling 2014

Thelema Riesling 2014

New Release

Made in off dry style, showing fragrant spice on the nose, and flavours of yellow fruit and lime on the palate. The wine shows a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity.

Maturation

Delicious now but will develop well over the next 10 more years

Food Pairing

An excellent aperitif. Also with salads, chicken and mildly spicy dishes.

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Older vintages:

2013, 2012, 2011

Thelema Chardonnay 2014

Thelema Chardonnay 2014

Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours compliment the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

Maturation

Good now, will develop well for 3 years.

Food Pairing

Full flavoured dishes such as lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.

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Older vintages:

2013, 2012, 2011

Thelema “Ed’s Reserve” Chardonnay 2014

Thelema "Ed's Reserve" Chardonnay 2014

This wine shows distinctive characters – a limey, peppery, muscatty flavour – typical of this unique vineyard. This is a very fragrant wine, with lovely yeasty flavours, and a velvety mouth feel and a long finish.

Maturation

The track record of this wine indicates cellaring of up to 8 years is well rewarded.

Food Pairing

The silky texture of this wine will match delicate and fine food such as shellfish or carpaccio.

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Older vintages:

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Thelema “Vin de Hel” Muscat Late Harvest (375ml) 2013

Thelema "Vin de Hel" Muscat Late Harvest (375ml) 2013

A light golden dessert wine with very typical Muscat characters on the nose. This floral perfume is complemented by undertones of citrus, apricots and a hint of honey. The wine is lush, with bags of flavour, showing the perfect balance between sweetness and fresh acidity.

Maturation

With correct cellaring this late harvest will age exceptionally well for at least 10 years from date of vintage.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with dessert or some fine handcrafted cheeses.

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Older vintages:

2012, 2011, 2009, 2008

Thelema Semillon Late Harvest (375ml) 2013

Thelema Semillon Late Harvest (375ml) 2013

New Release

A light golden dessert wine with very typical Semillon characters of honey blossom, citrus and creme brulee on the nose. The wine is lush and viscous, with flavours of apricots, honey and sweet citrus on the palate.

Maturation

With correct cellaring this late harvest will age exceptionally well.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with dessert or some fine handcrafted cheeses.

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Thelema Mountain White 2013

Thelema Mountain White 2013

A delicious blend with aromas of ripe peaches, golden delicious apples and hints of citrus. Packed with flavour on the palate, this wine wine is a real crowd pleaser.

Maturation

Great now, and will improve for 4 years.

Food Pairing

Particularly good with seafood and flavourful chicken dishes.

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Older vintages:

2012, 2011

Thelema Mountain Red 2013

Thelema Mountain Red 2013

Spicy aromas of black pepper and mulberry mingle with the plum flavours of this soft and approachable wine.

Maturation

Great now, and will improve for 4 years.

Food Pairing

Particularly good with light and medium flavoured meals, such as pizza and braai.

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Older vintages:

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Thelema Shiraz 2013

Thelema Shiraz 2013

Aromatic and inviting, this Shiraz shows ripe black fruit, cassis and lovely spice on the palate. Full bodied.

Maturation

Will continue to develop for 7 years from vintage.

Food Pairing

Grilled meats, meaty casseroles and mature cheeses.

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Older vintages:

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007

Thelema Merlot 2012

Thelema Merlot 2012

A wonderfully balanced and juicy Merlot with up-front red fruit, dark chocolate and round, polished tannins.

Maturation

WIll develop well for 6 years from vintage date.

Food Pairing

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

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Older vintages:

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Thelema Merlot Reserve 2012

Thelema Merlot Reserve 2012

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.

Maturation

Will continue to develop well for 8 years.

Food Pairing

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

Older vintages:

2010, 2009

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Complex and stylish, with aromas of ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate and pencil shavings. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.

Maturation

Already drinking well, and will develop for 8 years.

Food Pairing

A perfect accompaniment to grilled beef, especially with a Béarnaise sauce and rocket salad.

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Older vintages:

2011, 2010, 2009

Thelema “The Mint” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Thelema "The Mint" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Ripe red berry, cassis and dark chocolate flavours are complimented by hints of mint and on the palate. The wine has fine tannins with a long, mocha finish. A great wine to pair with roast lamb or game.

Maturation

Character will keep developing for 8 more years

Food Pairing

Roast lamb!

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Older vintages:

2012, 2011, 2010

Thelema Rabelais 2012

Thelema Rabelais 2012

Rabelais is a blend of the best Bordeaux components within our Thelema range from the 2012 vintage. Concentrated aromas of dark berries and cedar wood on the nose are complemented by lovely sweet fruit and polished tannins on the palate.

Maturation

The carefully selected components of this wine lend themselves perfectly to long term cellaring, 10 – 15 years.

Food Pairing

This complex and full-bodied wine complements beef and game dishes.

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Older vintages:

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Looking for an older vintage? Take a look at our Vintage Wines, or contact us for information.

About the Range

Gyles Webb bought Thelema, a charming dilapidated fruit farm, in 1983 with the help of his wife’s family. Fruit orchards were pulled out and vines were planted. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. The ripe pure-fruited wines were a revelation to many and it wasn’t long before the romantic tale of a run-down old fruit farm became the success story of an avant-garde winery. By the mid 90’s Thelema’s wines sold out within a month after release, making it one of the most sought-after wine estates in South Africa.

Thelema is, as far as we’re concerned, one of the most beautiful places on earth with great old oak trees, spectacular mountain views and colourful, noisy peacocks. Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass with elevations that range between 370 to 640 meters above sea level and mainly south-facing slopes, it is also one of the highest and coolest estates in the area. The high altitude and the deep red soils are ideal for premium quality wine grape production.

We do not buy in any grapes and all wines are bottled on the estate to maintain absolute control over every aspect of the wine production. The terroir in combination with Gyles Webb’s wine making style result in flavourful, flamboyant, complex and long-lasting wines with a distinctive South African character. In 2000, Gyles moved into the role of cellar master and handed over the winemaking duties to the talented Rudi Schultz (one of the famous Schultz winemaking brothers). We hope you enjoy our wines and it would be a pleasure to welcome you at Thelema for a chat and a taste of our latest release.