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Hello Spring!

27 August 2015

Hello Spring!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.

Thelema "The Mint" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012One 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.


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“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.”

A FEW SELECTED REVIEWS FROM TIM ATKIN’S RECENT ARTICLE ON SOUTH AFRICA

92Sutherland Chardonnay 2012
The Sutherland release is every bit as good as Thelema’s Stellenbosch Chardonnay, albeit in a more “European” style. Orange zest, sweet oak and crunchy, citrus-tinged flavours with one third new oak and partial malolactic fermentation for added weight. Drink: 2015-19

94Thelema Merlot Reserve 2012
There was no Merlot Reserve in 2011, so it’s good to welcome back one of the Cape’s best expressions of the grape. A vineyard and barrel selection with 75% new oak, it’s plush and complex, with granular tannins, mint and cut grass aromas and a sheen of oak. Long, complex and very satisfying on the palate. Drink: 2015-22

94Thelema “The Mint” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Famously made from a vineyard surrounded by gum trees, which was replanted after the 2014 harvest, this wine does what it says on the label. Pure cassis and eucalyptus fruit, with a hint of menthol, good oak integration and refreshing acidity are supplemented by dense, filigree tannins. Drink: 2015-22

SPRING-TIME EVENTS AND FESTIVALS TO ATTEND:

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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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