27 August 2015
As most of Cape Town breathes a collective sigh of relief after a very brief but cold winter, new life is apparent in the vineyards. This last week of warm weather has brought about the first signs of new growth in our vineyards. Tiny fuzzy buds that will soon unfold to reveal perfectly formed leaves and the beginnings of the 2016 harvest.
Our winery team is hard at work emptying and filling red wine barrels after malolactic fermentation and bottling the new 2015 vintage whites. Our cellar intern Solly has flown over to America to work the wine grape harvest in California, a great opportunity to build on his work experience and meet with other young international winemakers.
NEW VINTAGE RELEASES
It might be time to spring clean your cellar and make space for a few of Thelema and Sutherland’s annual new vintage release wines.
One new release that needs no introduction is our Thelema “The Mint” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. So distinct in aroma and flavour, there are few wines that can compare. Made from one of our oldest blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon on the estate, the fine tannins and bright cassis fruit are beautifully woven together by clear thread of minty or eucalyptol freshness.
After a careful review of the 2012 vintage components of Merlot, Gyles and Rudi decided the quality exceptional enough to bottle a Reserve barrel selection. Already highly rated by International Wine Masters like Tim Atkin and Steven Tanzer, this tiny production of Merlot is a must have for any wine collector. As a treat, we have on occasion opened and enjoyed one of the few remaining bottles of 1999 Merlot Reserve, a testament to this wine’s age ability and investment potential.
New to the Sutherland range is a fresh and zesty Unwooded Chardonnay, perfect to be enjoyed on its own with friends or dining al fresco on a sunny spring day. Alternatively grab a bottle of the 2015 Grenache Rosé, a wine made in a dry style but still showing delicious strawberry and cranberry fruits with a hint of spice on the palate.
“An experience not to be missed”Reviewed 10 August 2015
“Absolutely loved the chance to compare two wines from two farms or years at one time. The knowledge and enthusiasm of our hostess was contagious.”
SPRING-TIME EVENTS AND FESTIVALS TO ATTEND:
- 5 September – Wine, Whales and Music at De Hoop Collection, De Hoop Nature Reserve
- 5 September – Lesotho Wine & Craft Festival at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village, Lesotho
- 6 September – Cellar Rats Spring Wine Festival at “The Old Mill”, Magaliesburg
- 15 – 17 September – Cape Wine 2015 at Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
- 16 September – Schultz Brothers’ Syrah Evening at Aubergine Restaurant, Gardens, Cape Town
- 24 – 27 September – Taste of Joburg 2015 at Montecasino, Sandton, Johannesburg
- 26 September – Seductive Sauvignon Festival at The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town
- 26 – 27 September – Festa di Primavera Festival at Casalinga Ristorante Italiano, Muldersdrift