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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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  • 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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