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Let’s Celebrate Summer

3 November 2016

Though the harvest season may get all the attention, one must not forget that each grape harvest is the end result of 12 months of hard work. Even in the seemingly “slow” season, the farm team are kept busy managing growth in the vineyards, preparing for new plantings, monitoring the weather and planning forward to the next harvest. The winemaking team have finalised the red blends of the 2015 vintage which will soon be prepared for bottling.

Finn

Our cellar door has a new canine mascot stealing the hearts and attention of visitors. Grace’s little brother Finn is more than a handful, but when he stares at you with those puppy dog eyes, you quickly forget that he just chewed through the ADSL cable!

Thelema’s Elgin farm, Sutherland Vineyards is truly a piece of heaven on earth as a recent farm visit confirmed. The winding gravel road between vineyard blocks takes you from hill top panoramic views of the Elgin basin down to the the peaceful riverbanks of the Palmiet River. On the trip, Gyles pointed out some of the critically endangered fynbos that can be found on the slopes of Sutherland farm. Elgin Shale Fynbos, which is found scattered throughout the farm, is regarded as critically endangered on a national basis and it is thus of utmost importance that it be conserved. Alien clearing is done on an annual basis and this effort has helped maintain approximately 80% of the natural vegetation on site in a good to very good condition.

Gyles shows off Sutherland farm and the incredible sites and views.

Gyles shows off Sutherland farm and the incredible sites and views.


THELEMA IN THE NEWS

UK Wine Master, Tim Atkin has been visiting the South African wine industry for several years and has built up a close relationship with many of the country’s producers. He released his latest SA Report 2016 after tasting through 1400 or so wines and Thelema & Sutherland fared well, with 15 wines scoring 90+ points. According to Tim Atkin, “When it comes to the quality of South African wine, I’ve never felt more positive.


NEW VINTAGE RELEASES

Sutherland Viognier / Roussanne 2014
We have just released the new vintage of the Sutherland Viognier / Roussanne 2014, a firm favourite in Gyles’ wine rack at home. A 50:50 blend of Viognier and Roussanne, the wine was fermented and matured for 10 months in second- and third-fill barrel. The resulting wine is perfumed with aromas of apricot, creamy peaches and herbal notes and a palate that has incredible complexity and texture. If you haven’t tried the VR yet, you don’t know what you’re missing out on, as it is simply delicious!

Winemag.co.za author, Christian Eedes, tasted the 2014 vintage at a recent event, scoring it 93/100 points and saying “The white blend that is VR from Thelema’s Elgin property…deserves to have a cult following.


RABELAIS COMPETITION

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To get us all into the spirit of the upcoming festive season, we thought we would run a Thelema Rabelais competition this November for all customers that purchase wine from our website or from the cellar door. To enter, all you need to do is include a bottle of Thelema Rabelais in your order and your name will automatically be entered into a draw for a signed magnum of Thelema Rabelais 2012. As with all competitions, there are a few T&C’s. The competition runs from 1 – 30 November 2016 and the prize can only be shipped to a winner within South Africa. The winner will be contacted via email by Monday 5 December 2016.


UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS

We are going to be kept busy attending and pouring wines at the following events. We hope to see you there!

  • 9 November: Tuning the Vine – #InnerCityWineRoute, CBD, Cape Town
  • 11 November: Celebration of Chardonnay at De Wetshof Estate, Robertson
  • 7 December: Tuning the Vine – #InnerCityWineRoute, CBD, Cape Town
  • 19 December: St Francis Bay Wine Festival at The Links

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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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