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Grape Expectations

24 February 2017

Grape Expectations

We’re in the thick of our annual grape harvest on Thelema and Sutherland farms, with the majority of our white varietals happily fermenting in tank or barrel. The grapes are healthy, and winemaker Rudi says he is very optimistic about the quality coming in. The extremely dry growing season has resulted in smaller berries and overall bunch size across all the varietals thus far. However, on the up side, this translates to good concentration of flavours and aromas in the 2017 wines.


Sarah Rose Webb

Not only are we excited about the harvest, but the Thelema family welcomed its newest member on the 4th of January. Thomas and Elaine welcomed little Sarah Rose Webb into the world and both parents (and grandparents) couldn’t be prouder.


GYLES’ PICK OF THE BUNCH

I asked Gyles which wine he opens after a long, hot day in the vineyards during the strenuous harvest season and he quickly replied that it would be a glass of Sutherland Chardonnay 2015. Viewed as one of the top showing wines at the recent Chardonnay Colloquium held in Elgin, we have all been looking forward to the release of the 2015 vintage. This vintage shows wonderful citrus fruit expression, integrated toasty oak and is a great follow on vintage to the internationally awarded 2013 and 2014.


NEW RELEASE: SUTHERLAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Sutherland Cabernet Sauvignon

Be sure to try the newest addition to the Sutherland portfolio. The Sutherland Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautifully crafted wine from our cool-climate vineyards in Elgin. Aged for 18 months in French Oak, the wine shows abundant cassis fruit, enticing toasted oak and lovely elegance and balance. The final blend has a dollop of Petit Verdot included to lift the berry fruit character and add a touch of sweet spice on the finish.


Price increase coming up


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  • Stormy morning on the Simonsberg @thelemawinesStormy morning on the Simonsberg @thelemawines
  • This week with the scorching heat in Stellenbosch it is Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2018 everyday for us. Fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full zesty palate. Great with salads and oysters. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #sauvignonblanc #whitewine #2018 #stellenbosch #drinkinggreatrightnow #lifestooshortforbadwine #summer #summervibes #vineyards #vines #greatviewsThis week with the scorching heat in Stellenbosch it is Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2018 everyday for us. Fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full zesty palate. Great with salads and oysters. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #sauvignonblanc #whitewine #2018 #stellenbosch #drinkinggreatrightnow #lifestooshortforbadwine #summer #summervibes #vineyards #vines #greatviews
  • 5 Stars for Thelema Merlot Reserve 2016!Well done to the vineyard and winemaking teams!And well done to all other producers who were awarded 5 Stars @wineonaplatter5 Stars for Thelema Merlot Reserve 2016!Well done to the vineyard and winemaking teams!And well done to all other producers who were awarded 5 Stars @wineonaplatter
  • Rolo could not be happier on this Monday morning. #farmlife #rolo #thelemawines #stellenbosch #happypetsRolo could not be happier on this Monday morning. #farmlife #rolo #thelemawines #stellenbosch #happypets
  • Great being outside in the vineyard on this fantastic spring morning. This morning we are pruning the last vines on the Estate. #thelemawines #pruning #stellenboschGreat being outside in the vineyard on this fantastic spring morning. This morning we are pruning the last vines on the Estate. #thelemawines #pruning #stellenbosch
  • With days like these we cannot wait till our new deck has been completed. #viewsfordays #thelemawines #tastethelema #visitwinelandsWith days like these we cannot wait till our new deck has been completed. #viewsfordays #thelemawines #tastethelema #visitwinelands
  • Through the understanding of our optimal climate and soil types, we have firmly entrenched ourselves as one of the leaders in Bordeaux varieties.This is once again evident in the 2019 Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report.️️️️️ The top scoring wine being the 2015 Rabelais, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, with 97 points.Merlot Reserve 2016 received 94 points. whilst both the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and the Merlot 2016 received 93 points.#timatkinreport #tastethelema #thelemawines #welldoneThrough the understanding of our optimal climate and soil types, we have firmly entrenched ourselves as one of the leaders in Bordeaux varieties.This is once again evident in the 2019 Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report.️️️️️ The top scoring wine being the 2015 Rabelais, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, with 97 points.Merlot Reserve 2016 received 94 points. whilst both the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and the Merlot 2016 received 93 points.#timatkinreport #tastethelema #thelemawines #welldone
  • Celebrate Spring with an elegant glass of Méthode Cap Classique. 🥂  🥂 #thelemawines #tastethelema #springdayCelebrate Spring with an elegant glass of Méthode Cap Classique. 🥂 🥂 #thelemawines #tastethelema #springday

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