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Fall in Love With Thelema This Autumn

5 May 2016

Love Autumn

Autumn is the most picturesque time in the year to visit the Cape Winelands. One’s visual senses are bombarded by the array of golden yellow and rustic hues in our vineyards and ancient oak trees lining the drive onto the farm. Visitors to Thelema are now warming themselves at our fireplace, enjoying the cosy atmosphere and moody views of the Drakenstein mountains.

The frenzied rush of harvest has passed and the winemakers are now tasked with tasting through the various tanks of our new vintage Sauvignon Blanc wines in preparation for the upcoming blending and bottling that takes place in June. Our volumes are down in 2016 due to the dry summer and the Simonsberg fire, but Rudi is extremely happy with the quality that they’ve tasted thus far. On Thelema farm, the final soil preparations are being done on blocks that will be planted to new vines this Spring. Apart from the wine grapes, our olive trees on Thelema are being harvested while across the mountain, the team at Sutherland Vineyards are picking the last of the Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples.


MUM’S THE WORD THIS MAY

Ed's ReserveAs South Africans pay special tribute to their mothers this month, we thought it would be appropriate to write a short feature on our single vineyard Chardonnay called Ed’s Reserve. The wine is named after Edna McLean, Gyles’ mother-in-law, who with her dry sense of humour and bubbly personality is fondly remembered by all those who met her in the tasting room.

Made from a unique clone of Chardonnay (Clone 166) the wine shows Muscat-like floral and perfumed characteristics, with yellow fruit, hints of spice and a lovely creamy texture on the palate. This hidden gem isn’t widely available in the retail environment, so come try it for yourself at Thelema or add it to your basket when ordering online.


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NEW MINT ON THE BLOCK

We have just released the new vintage of “The Mint” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. In general, 2013 reds are proving to show lovely pure fruit expression with fine, rounded tannins. We love the wine’s apparent freshness due to the influence of the Eucalyptus trees, the ripe cassis and chocolatey tannins on the palate, making it a seriously enjoyable wine when celebrating with friends.

Another wonderful red wine to consider is the new vintage of Sutherland Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Verdot 2011, from our vineyards in Elgin.


THELEMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON AWARDED 91 POINTS BY WINE SPECTATOR

91 points by Wine SpectatorThe Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon received it’s 14th 90+ point rating from the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine for the 2011 vintage.


EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

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  • Our Cabernet is certainly King. #thelemawines #stellenbosch #cabernetsauvignon #visitwinelands #tastethelemaOur Cabernet is certainly King. #thelemawines #stellenbosch #cabernetsauvignon #visitwinelands #tastethelema
  • Forget liquor stores, turn your wine shopping into an interactive experience! Bring your friends and taste through our range of wines. #winelands #stellenbosch #tastethelema #thelemawines #visitwinelands #Saturday #fun #winetastingForget liquor stores, turn your wine shopping into an interactive experience! Bring your friends and taste through our range of wines. #winelands #stellenbosch #tastethelema #thelemawines #visitwinelands #Saturday #fun #winetasting
  • We spent the entire day in (and op top of) our red wine barrels racking our reds. All of our wines are matured in French oak barrels. #tastethelema #thelemawines #visitwinelands #winemaking #redwine #barrels #stellenboschWe spent the entire day in (and op top of) our red wine barrels racking our reds. All of our wines are matured in French oak barrels. #tastethelema #thelemawines #visitwinelands #winemaking #redwine #barrels #stellenbosch
  • Wishing all moms, ladies and aunties a wonderful Women’s Day. We are OPEN from 10 till 3. Receive a complimentary glass of MCC when visiting. #thelemawines #tastethelema #womensday #celebrateWishing all moms, ladies and aunties a wonderful Women’s Day. We are OPEN from 10 till 3. Receive a complimentary glass of MCC when visiting. #thelemawines #tastethelema #womensday #celebrate
  • What days like these are made for. #thelemawines #tastethelema #visitwinelands #stellenbosch #winterdays #redwine #fireplaceWhat days like these are made for. #thelemawines #tastethelema #visitwinelands #stellenbosch #winterdays #redwine #fireplace
  • Friday lunch idea. Bistros Go Classic. @societibistro is pairing our Sauvignon with their pan fried hake and shami prawns. Yum! #thelemawines #tastethelema #lunch #friday #yum #capetown #societibistroFriday lunch idea. Bistros Go Classic. @societibistro is pairing our Sauvignon with their pan fried hake and shami prawns. Yum! #thelemawines #tastethelema #lunch #friday #yum #capetown #societibistro
  • Join us at @stellwineroute Fine Food and Wine Festival. We will be pouring older Cabernet and our flagship Rabelais. DATE - 3 August TICKETS - @webtickets    #visitwinelands #festival #thelemawines #stellenbosch #weekendJoin us at @stellwineroute Fine Food and Wine Festival. We will be pouring older Cabernet and our flagship Rabelais. DATE – 3 August TICKETS – @webtickets #visitwinelands #festival #thelemawines #stellenbosch #weekend
  • For those fortunate enough to have a ticket for tonight’s @cfinewinec Red Wine Review come taste our @wineonaplatter 5 star Merlot Reserve 2015. ️ ️ ️️️For those fortunate enough to have a ticket for tonight’s @cfinewinec Red Wine Review come taste our @wineonaplatter 5 star Merlot Reserve 2015. ️ ️ ️️️

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