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Happy Holidays

3 December 2015

These are the nervous and exciting times in the vineyards. At the moment things look good; a decent size crop, even fruit set, healthy vines and a moderate climate, although it is very dry. In the short term these conditions suit us because, normally, our vines are vigorous and they want to produce lots of shoots and leaves, but we want them to concentrate on producing lots of brilliant fruit. The current dry conditions have curtailed the vigorous growth and the vines look to be in lovely balance this year, and we have irrigation installed to relieve any serious stress situations should they arise. So, what could go wrong? Well, the weather for one, and pests, and the exchange rate, and fires on the mountain, and the Stormers…

happy holidays

In the winery we’re hard at work getting the 2014 red wines into bottle and also making up the 2015 wooded white blends, to be bottled shortly. Every year I become more and more convinced that our Elgin white wines provide fantastic drinking enjoyment, and they age brilliantly. The Sutherland Chardonnay 2012 won the trophy at the International Wine Challenge for the Best South African Chardonnay (I think there are still a few cases for sale!) and last week I opened the 2010 equivalent and it is an absolute beauty – lovely colour, complexity and length. And a fraction of the price of a Burgundy! This is the style that we like to make – complex, balanced, savoury, low in alcohol and with excellent ageing potential. The Viognier / Roussanne is another that is highly recommended. This wine is fermented in older French barrels so the wood influence is not obvious, but there is a wonderful nutty, peach pip character and texture with a bite of tannin that makes this a great food accompaniment. In ten years I think this wine will be a South African icon – so there!

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and Sutherland Grenache RoséWe have some other lovely wines to offer now:

The 2015 Sauvignon blancs are intensely concentrated this year and I believe that these will develop beautifully after a few months in the bottle. Worth trying is our maiden vintage of Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, produced from one of our high altitude blocks on the Thelema estate.

The Thelema Verdelho 2015 is the first release of this interesting Portuguese variety and it shows lively, crisp, fruity characteristics – think fiery chicken livers and Fado music.

The Sutherland Grenache Rosé is another cracker for summertime drinking – this wine is dry and refreshing with a beautiful light pink hue.

If you are in the Cape this festive season, I hope you have time to pop in to Thelema for a chat and a tasting.

Wishing all of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

Until next time.

Gyles


TASTING ROOM OPENING TIMES DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON

If you’re planning on visiting Thelema during the Festive Season, please take note of our opening hours:

  • Thursday, 24th December – OPEN 09h00 – 14h00
  • Friday, 25th December – CLOSED
  • Saturday, 26th December – CLOSED
  • Thursday, 31st December – OPEN 09h00 – 14h00
  • Friday, 1st January – CLOSED

WINE EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE NEW YEAR

Our calendar is already filling up for 2016. The following events are not to be missed:

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  • Happy Heritage Day South Africa. Our tasting room will be closed today as the team takes a well deserved break over a braai today. We hope that you will be enjoying some Thelema wine with your braai today? Please share the pics with us if you do. #thelema #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #redwine #heritageday #braaiday #primeshots #lifestyleHappy Heritage Day South Africa. Our tasting room will be closed today as the team takes a well deserved break over a braai today. We hope that you will be enjoying some Thelema wine with your braai today? Please share the pics with us if you do. #thelema #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #redwine #heritageday #braaiday #primeshots #lifestyle
  • Gearing up for braai day this Thursday? What can be better than having a Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon with a tender steak from the braai? Click on the link in our bio and shop for your favorite Thelema wine now.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #cabernetsauvignon #redwine #cabernetallday #braaiday #publicholiday #braaiandwine #steak #braaivleisGearing up for braai day this Thursday? What can be better than having a Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon with a tender steak from the braai? Click on the link in our bio and shop for your favorite Thelema wine now.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #cabernetsauvignon #redwine #cabernetallday #braaiday #publicholiday #braaiandwine #steak #braaivleis
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, MCC!! Always a good excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate the start of the weekend. 🍾🥂 #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mcc #capclassique #champagne #bubbly #celebrations #fridayvibes #weekend #weekendvibes #anylocation #anytime #anywhereMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, MCC!! Always a good excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate the start of the weekend. 🍾🥂 #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mcc #capclassique #champagne #bubbly #celebrations #fridayvibes #weekend #weekendvibes #anylocation #anytime #anywhere
  • The Abbey has been launched in selected Woolworths stores in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. Keep a look out for it and get your bottle today.You can also shop for it on Woolworths online store. Click on the link in our bio and it will take you straight there.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #new #newrelease #woolworths #woolworthsfood #shoponline #yummyThe Abbey has been launched in selected Woolworths stores in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. Keep a look out for it and get your bottle today.You can also shop for it on Woolworths online store. Click on the link in our bio and it will take you straight there.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #new #newrelease #woolworths #woolworthsfood #shoponline #yummy
  • Tim Atkin Report 2020 results have been released and we are really proud. Well done Rudi, Duncan, Victor and the rest of the team! Click on the link in our bio to shop for these awesome wines on our online shop. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #timatkin #report2020 #wine #proud #goodresults #winemaking #stellenbosch #visitsellenbosch #wosa #southafricaTim Atkin Report 2020 results have been released and we are really proud. Well done Rudi, Duncan, Victor and the rest of the team! Click on the link in our bio to shop for these awesome wines on our online shop. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #timatkin #report2020 #wine #proud #goodresults #winemaking #stellenbosch #visitsellenbosch #wosa #southafrica
  • Looking forward to partner up with Grub & Vine this week and pouring some of our wine in The Green Room.It starts tonight with Vine Night at 6pm. Then Friday it will be time for the weekly Wine Pop-Up starting at 4pm. Book for Vine Night via Dineplan and simply pop in Friday- it’s first come, first serve. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #grubandvine #winetasting #snacks #event #nightout #capetown #capetownfoodie #southafricaLooking forward to partner up with Grub & Vine this week and pouring some of our wine in The Green Room.It starts tonight with Vine Night at 6pm. Then Friday it will be time for the weekly Wine Pop-Up starting at 4pm. Book for Vine Night via Dineplan and simply pop in Friday- it’s first come, first serve. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #grubandvine #winetasting #snacks #event #nightout #capetown #capetownfoodie #southafrica
  • We have a winner!! Congratulations to @yamkelampini You will soon enjoy our Thelema MCC and Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon. Please DM us for further details. Thank you to all who entered. Keep a look out for more competitions and give aways to come #thelemawines #drinkthelema #competition #wehaveawinner #thankyouWe have a winner!! Congratulations to @yamkelampini You will soon enjoy our Thelema MCC and Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon. Please DM us for further details. Thank you to all who entered. Keep a look out for more competitions and give aways to come #thelemawines #drinkthelema #competition #wehaveawinner #thankyou
  • Happy International Cabernet Sauvignon day. Hope you will be able to celebrate it with a bottle our Thelema Cab. Please share a pic with us if you do.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #stellenboschcabernetcollective #scc #winenot #internationalcabernetsauvignonday #cabernetday #stellenboschcabernet #supportstellenbosch #redredwine #winelands #visitstellenbosch #southafricaHappy International Cabernet Sauvignon day. Hope you will be able to celebrate it with a bottle our Thelema Cab. Please share a pic with us if you do.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #stellenboschcabernetcollective #scc #winenot #internationalcabernetsauvignonday #cabernetday #stellenboschcabernet #supportstellenbosch #redredwine #winelands #visitstellenbosch #southafrica

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