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Comfort Food and Wine

30 June 2016

We have welcomed the first Cape winter rains with open arms after a long, dry summer and autumn. The colder weather is also a good motivator to move indoors and socialise around the fire place as opposed to huddling around the outside braai. Tjops and salad make way for hearty stews and a healthy helping of carbs (for our non-Banting followers) and our wine glasses are filled to the brim with rich Cabernet Sauvignons, creamy Chardonnays and lush Merlots.

Winter Winelands

On the farm, the team is waiting for the weather to clear before they start the annual winter pruning of the vines. On an exciting note, with the summer fire clearing the brush around our high lying vineyards, Gyles saw the potential for establishing a new 1 ha block on the estate. The soil has been ploughed and prepped and we look forward to growing some high-altitude Grenache on this site.

When it comes to the 2016 white wines, we get numerous requests regarding their release date, to which we happily respond with, “What’s the rush?”. We feel our whites benefit from spending an extra month or two on their fine lees before we start preparing them for the final bottling in July. In the mean time, the winery team are racking the 2016 reds that have finished with Malolactic fermentation and returning the wines to barrel for maturation.


THELEMA CHARDONNAY 2014 TAKES HOME GOLD AT IWC 2016

International Wine Challenge 2016South African winemakers had a standout year at the International Wine Challenge 2016. Following two weeks of intensive blind tasting in London last month, panels of international wine experts awarded 21 Gold medals, 98 Silver and 169 Bronze medals, bringing the total medal tally to 288.

We are thrilled to announce that the Thelema Chardonnay 2014 was one of the wines that brought home a Gold Medal at this year’s competition. This award is a great follow up on last year’s Regional Trophy and Gold medal awarded to our cool-climate Sutherland Chardonnay and a testament to our passion for this variety. Judges said the Thelema Chardonnay “invokes a struck match character on the nose, overlaying appealing citrus fruits and creamy flavours, with a long rich finish.” Simply put, it’s a delicious wine!


GylesGYLES’ PICK

My favourite white wine at the moment is the Sutherland Viognier / Roussanne. It’s a bit like a red wine except it’s white! One of the components is Roussanne, which has small hard berries with a pinkish hue. The wines they produce have a distinctive floral character with quite a bit of tannin, which softens as the wine matures in barrel. The end result is a lovely, complex mouthful – it really is a wine you should try!


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  • Thelema Thirsty Thursdays! Every Thursday we will bring you a wine of our range with some food pairing ideas.What better wine to start with than our Thelema MCC? Paired here with chocolate macarons. The fizz of the bubbles is enhanced by the melt in your mouth texture of the macaroon.Marie Antoinette would definitely approve!#thelemawines #drinkthelema #thirstythursday #mcc #bubbles #macaron #wineandfoodpairing #royalty #marieantoinette #glamorous #style #lifestyle #celebration #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #stellenboschwinerouteThelema Thirsty Thursdays! Every Thursday we will bring you a wine of our range with some food pairing ideas.What better wine to start with than our Thelema MCC? Paired here with chocolate macarons. The fizz of the bubbles is enhanced by the melt in your mouth texture of the macaroon.Marie Antoinette would definitely approve!#thelemawines #drinkthelema #thirstythursday #mcc #bubbles #macaron #wineandfoodpairing #royalty #marieantoinette #glamorous #style #lifestyle #celebration #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute
  • Wednesday Food Pairing....Thelema Sauvignon Blanc with fresh South African west coast lobster. ....#thelemawines#drinkthelema#vino #sauvignonblanc #lobster #nothingisordinary #myfab5 #f52grams #dailyfoodfeed #lovefood #eatingfortheinsta #flatlay #spoonfeed #huffposttaste #infatuation #buzzfeast #feedyoursoull #cheatmeal #tastingtable #forkyeah #heresmyfood #eater #eattheworld  #cityofcapetown #visitsouthafrica #thisisafrica #weheartsa #amazingcapetown #westcoast #stellenboshWednesday Food Pairing….Thelema Sauvignon Blanc with fresh South African west coast lobster. ….#thelemawines#drinkthelema#vino #sauvignonblanc #lobster #nothingisordinary #myfab5 #f52grams #dailyfoodfeed #lovefood #eatingfortheinsta #flatlay #spoonfeed #huffposttaste #infatuation #buzzfeast #feedyoursoull #cheatmeal #tastingtable #forkyeah #heresmyfood #eater #eattheworld #cityofcapetown #visitsouthafrica #thisisafrica #weheartsa #amazingcapetown #westcoast #stellenbosh
  • Throwback Thursday! A remarkable woman, Edna McLean, devoted her days to the Thelema tasting room hosting and entertaining guests with her quirky character and great sense of humour. If you were lucky enough to be hosted by Edna at Thelema, please share some of your memories with us. ..#thelemawines #drinkthelema #throwbackthursday #matriarch #tastingroom #character #memories #edna #ed’s reserve #chardonnay #whitewine #reservelabelThrowback Thursday! A remarkable woman, Edna McLean, devoted her days to the Thelema tasting room hosting and entertaining guests with her quirky character and great sense of humour. If you were lucky enough to be hosted by Edna at Thelema, please share some of your memories with us. ..#thelemawines #drinkthelema #throwbackthursday #matriarch #tastingroom #character #memories #edna #ed’s reserve #chardonnay #whitewine #reservelabel
  • Beautiful evening on the farm. Always amazing to see the colour of mountains change. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #drakenstein #simonsberg #vineyards #views #sunset #beautiful #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #stellenboschwinerouteBeautiful evening on the farm. Always amazing to see the colour of mountains change. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #drakenstein #simonsberg #vineyards #views #sunset #beautiful #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute
  • Celebrating all fathers and raising a glass of Thelema wine to you! #thelemawines #drinkthelema #fathersday #2020 #family #familybusiness #fatherandsonCelebrating all fathers and raising a glass of Thelema wine to you! #thelemawines #drinkthelema #fathersday #2020 #family #familybusiness #fatherandson
  • Start the weekend the right way! Good wine and good food. A great option will be the Thelema Merlot Reserve 2018 with blush oven roasted tomatoes in balsamic and thyme with a splash of Thelema olive oil and greek yogurt. Get the best sour dough bread from @schoon.eating ....#thelemawines#drinkthelema#merlotreserve #nothingisordinary #myfab5 #f52grams #dailyfoodfeed #lovefood #eatingfortheinsta #flatlay #spoonfeed #huffposttaste #infatuation #buzzfeast #feedyoursoull #cheatmeal #tastingtable #forkyeah #heresmyfood #eater #eattheworld  #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #visitsouthafrica #thisisafrica #weheartsaStart the weekend the right way! Good wine and good food. A great option will be the Thelema Merlot Reserve 2018 with blush oven roasted tomatoes in balsamic and thyme with a splash of Thelema olive oil and greek yogurt. Get the best sour dough bread from @schoon.eating ….#thelemawines#drinkthelema#merlotreserve #nothingisordinary #myfab5 #f52grams #dailyfoodfeed #lovefood #eatingfortheinsta #flatlay #spoonfeed #huffposttaste #infatuation #buzzfeast #feedyoursoull #cheatmeal #tastingtable #forkyeah #heresmyfood #eater #eattheworld #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #visitsouthafrica #thisisafrica #weheartsa
  • What a view. It just never gets old. Photo taken from the main gate entering onto our property. A beautiful day. Happy youth day South Africa #thelemawines #drinkthelema #stellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute #visitstellenbosch #simonsberg #beautiful #amazingviews #mountain #vineyards #autumcolors #youthdayWhat a view. It just never gets old. Photo taken from the main gate entering onto our property. A beautiful day. Happy youth day South Africa #thelemawines #drinkthelema #stellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute #visitstellenbosch #simonsberg #beautiful #amazingviews #mountain #vineyards #autumcolors #youthday
  • The winter is here in the Cape Winelands! Days like these are made for red wine, fireplaces and good company. ....#thelemawines#drinkthelema#stellenboschwineroute #visitstellenbosch #winter #fireplace #redwine #goodcompany #primeshots #fartoodope #instagoodmyphoto #shotzdelight #postthepeople #makemoments #streetlife #visualambassadors #stayandwander #everydayeverywhere #huntgram #thecreative #communityfirst #gameoftones #stylegram #_heater #folkgood #streetcollectors #visitsouthafrica #thisisafrica #weheartsaThe winter is here in the Cape Winelands! Days like these are made for red wine, fireplaces and good company. ….#thelemawines#drinkthelema#stellenboschwineroute #visitstellenbosch #winter #fireplace #redwine #goodcompany #primeshots #fartoodope #instagoodmyphoto #shotzdelight #postthepeople #makemoments #streetlife #visualambassadors #stayandwander #everydayeverywhere #huntgram #thecreative #communityfirst #gameoftones #stylegram #_heater #folkgood #streetcollectors #visitsouthafrica #thisisafrica #weheartsa

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