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That Summertime Feeling

29 October 2015

Thelema vineyard and Rudi

Simon Thompson recently joined the Thelema team as farm manager and will be working closely with Gyles to ensure every aspect of the vineyards’ growth cycle and fruit production is managed optimally. The vineyard team is currently busy with suckering in the vineyards, ensuring that the correct shoots are left to grow in the correct positions on the vine, while at the same time, removing all other unnecessary growth. Suckering is an important task and must be done with the utmost care; fortunately we have fine-tuned our pruning methods this year, according to modern thinking, which has resulted in a much speedier suckering process.

Rudi says, “the Thelema and Sutherland 2014 reds are being assembled and we are really happy with the quality of wines. The 2015 chardonnays and pinot noir are due to be brought up from barrel in next week and it will be interesting to see how the whole bunch ferment components in the pinot noir have shaped up.” The deliberate choice of leaving the stems in the ferment might have once been considered old fashioned, but has enjoyed a “come back” lately thanks to a generation of winemakers and wine drinkers that appreciate the elegance and interest this method provides in their wines, especially for Pinot Noir and Syrah.

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NEW VINTAGE RELEASES

Moving over to a new vintage of a wine brings with it a bag of mixed emotions. We’re both happy and excited to taste the new wine and what it has to offer, but it’s sad to think a wine we’ve become so familiar and fond of has come to an end.

New vintage releases

The Sutherland Viognier / Roussanne 2013 is a Mediterranean blend of 60% Viognier and 40% Roussanne, very lightly wooded with attractive stone fruit aromas and a delicious mouth feel. This wine is a match made in food heaven, with its creamy texture and fine acidity.

Another new wine from Sutherland Vineyards is the 2011 vintage of Syrah. This bold red wine shows flavours of dark fruit flavours, liquorice and fine Shiraz spice. A wine with good structure and the ability to age.

The summer braai season is upon us and it can be a tricky task to select the wines we offer our friends while standing around the fire. Unsure if our guests are fans of full bodied Cabernets or prefers the softer tannins of a Merlot, it is helpful to have a go-to wine that ticks the box on all fronts. Thelema Mountain Red 2013, a blend of mostly Petit Verdot, Merlot and Shiraz, has bright upfront fruit, a juicy palate and just enough structure and tannin to keep the wine interesting for the more discerning palate. You can’t go wrong with this wine!


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SUMMER FESTIVALS AND EVENTS WE’LL BE ATTENDING

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  • Rolo could not be happier on this Monday morning. #farmlife #rolo #thelemawines #stellenbosch #happypetsRolo could not be happier on this Monday morning. #farmlife #rolo #thelemawines #stellenbosch #happypets
  • Great being outside in the vineyard on this fantastic spring morning. This morning we are pruning the last vines on the Estate. #thelemawines #pruning #stellenboschGreat being outside in the vineyard on this fantastic spring morning. This morning we are pruning the last vines on the Estate. #thelemawines #pruning #stellenbosch
  • With days like these we cannot wait till our new deck has been completed. #viewsfordays #thelemawines #tastethelema #visitwinelandsWith days like these we cannot wait till our new deck has been completed. #viewsfordays #thelemawines #tastethelema #visitwinelands
  • Through the understanding of our optimal climate and soil types, we have firmly entrenched ourselves as one of the leaders in Bordeaux varieties.This is once again evident in the 2019 Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report.️️️️️ The top scoring wine being the 2015 Rabelais, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, with 97 points.Merlot Reserve 2016 received 94 points. whilst both the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and the Merlot 2016 received 93 points.#timatkinreport #tastethelema #thelemawines #welldoneThrough the understanding of our optimal climate and soil types, we have firmly entrenched ourselves as one of the leaders in Bordeaux varieties.This is once again evident in the 2019 Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report.️️️️️ The top scoring wine being the 2015 Rabelais, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, with 97 points.Merlot Reserve 2016 received 94 points. whilst both the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and the Merlot 2016 received 93 points.#timatkinreport #tastethelema #thelemawines #welldone
  • Celebrate Spring with an elegant glass of Méthode Cap Classique. 🥂  🥂 #thelemawines #tastethelema #springdayCelebrate Spring with an elegant glass of Méthode Cap Classique. 🥂 🥂 #thelemawines #tastethelema #springday
  • Celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon Day with one of our best! #thelemawines #tastethelema #cabernetsauvignon #stellenboschCelebrating Cabernet Sauvignon Day with one of our best! #thelemawines #tastethelema #cabernetsauvignon #stellenbosch
  • Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Thelema Cabernet. #visitwinelands #thelemawines #saturdayvibes #tastethelema #stellenboschcabernetNothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Thelema Cabernet. #visitwinelands #thelemawines #saturdayvibes #tastethelema #stellenboschcabernet
  • Join us for an evening of extraordinary wines, beautiful food and rhythmic jazz!   🥘 Bookings are a must, limited space, eat@thegreengoose.co.zaJoin us for an evening of extraordinary wines, beautiful food and rhythmic jazz! 🥘 Bookings are a must, limited space, eat@thegreengoose.co.za

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