COVID-19 NOTICE: The farm will be closed and wine deliveries will be delayed in compliance with the national lockdown.

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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!


EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

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  • Harvest 2020 done and dusted! Last grapes to arrive is the Muscat grapes used for our Vin de Hel Late Hervest. Well done to the vineyard and cellar teams! #thelemawines #drinkthelema #harvest2020 #doneanddusted #lateharvest #dessertwine #lastgrapes #welldoneteam #teamwork #Harvest 2020 done and dusted! Last grapes to arrive is the Muscat grapes used for our Vin de Hel Late Hervest. Well done to the vineyard and cellar teams! #thelemawines #drinkthelema #harvest2020 #doneanddusted #lateharvest #dessertwine #lastgrapes #welldoneteam #teamwork #
  • Dear Friends, In light of the recent developments of the COVID-19 virus we will be temporarily closing the Thelema tasting room from Thursday 19 March, until further notice. We have followed all recommended protocol regarding limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it is now important for Thelema to take the additional step of temporarily closing our tasting room to help protect our staff and the local community. We will continue to keep you updated on social media. Our office remains open for wine purchases, and all of our wines are available on https://www.thelema.co.za/shop for online orders. Thank you for your support. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #covid_19 #coronavirus #staysafe #keepcalm #drinkwine #stellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute #southafricaDear Friends, In light of the recent developments of the COVID-19 virus we will be temporarily closing the Thelema tasting room from Thursday 19 March, until further notice. We have followed all recommended protocol regarding limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it is now important for Thelema to take the additional step of temporarily closing our tasting room to help protect our staff and the local community. We will continue to keep you updated on social media. Our office remains open for wine purchases, and all of our wines are available on https://www.thelema.co.za/shop for online orders. Thank you for your support. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #covid_19 #coronavirus #staysafe #keepcalm #drinkwine #stellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute #southafrica
  • We Are Open  Thelema Mountain Vineyards is fully aware of the current situation concerning the effects of the COVID-19 (CARONA) virus on the wine and hospitality industry. For the time being, the tasting room remains open for business, and guests can be assured we have taken all necessary steps to ensure our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience tasting our wine #thelema #thelemawines #drinkthelema #weareopen #staysafe #winetasting #stellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute #southafrica #caronavirus #covid_19We Are Open Thelema Mountain Vineyards is fully aware of the current situation concerning the effects of the COVID-19 (CARONA) virus on the wine and hospitality industry. For the time being, the tasting room remains open for business, and guests can be assured we have taken all necessary steps to ensure our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience tasting our wine #thelema #thelemawines #drinkthelema #weareopen #staysafe #winetasting #stellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute #southafrica #caronavirus #covid_19
  • Beautiful view of our vineyards and farm with the Banghoek Valley in the background. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #banghoekvalley #scenicviews #vineyards #farm #beautifuldayBeautiful view of our vineyards and farm with the Banghoek Valley in the background. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #banghoekvalley #scenicviews #vineyards #farm #beautifulday
  • Join us on Wednesday, 18 March for a Tantalising Thai cooking experience paired with our amazing wines! Visit our Facebook page for more details - Facebook.com/ThelemaWines/ #thelemawines #drinkthelema #kitchencollective #gingerandlime #gingerandlumefiidstudio #wineandfoodJoin us on Wednesday, 18 March for a Tantalising Thai cooking experience paired with our amazing wines! Visit our Facebook page for more details – Facebook.com/ThelemaWines/ #thelemawines #drinkthelema #kitchencollective #gingerandlime #gingerandlumefiidstudio #wineandfood
  • The Thelema team harvesting Petit Verdot this morning. Fun fact: Petit Verdot translates close to “little green one” and this is most likely because this grape is a late-ripening, warm climate variety. #thelemawines #sunrise #mountains #harvest2020 #petitverdot #redwine #beautifulmorning #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #stellenboschwinerouteThe Thelema team harvesting Petit Verdot this morning. Fun fact: Petit Verdot translates close to “little green one” and this is most likely because this grape is a late-ripening, warm climate variety. #thelemawines #sunrise #mountains #harvest2020 #petitverdot #redwine #beautifulmorning #stellenbosch #visitstellenbosch #stellenboschwineroute
  • The Thelema team is spoiled with Mosbolletjie bread made by our cellar master Gyles Webb. He used the grape must left over from the production of our Thelema Sauvignon Blanc. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mosbolletjies #mosbolletjiebrood #sauvignonblanc #spoiled #teamexcited #madebyourbossThe Thelema team is spoiled with Mosbolletjie bread made by our cellar master Gyles Webb. He used the grape must left over from the production of our Thelema Sauvignon Blanc. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mosbolletjies #mosbolletjiebrood #sauvignonblanc #spoiled #teamexcited #madebyourboss
  • Great day for a Wine Festival! Come and say hi at our stand at Constantia Fresh over a glass of MCC 2015. #constantiafresh #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mcc #winefestival #hotday #fundayout #greatwinesGreat day for a Wine Festival! Come and say hi at our stand at Constantia Fresh over a glass of MCC 2015. #constantiafresh #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mcc #winefestival #hotday #fundayout #greatwines

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