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.
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.
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
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.”
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!