That Summertime Feeling
29 October 2015
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.
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.
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
- 11 November – Tuning the Vine at #InnerCityWineRoute, CBD, Cape Town
- 11 November – Kelvin Grove Annual Wine Festival at Newlands, Cape Town
- 11 November – Caroline’s Fine Wines: Discover Cape Mediterranean Blends at Open Door Restaurant, Constantia, Cape Town
- 12 November – Riesling Rules at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg
- 9 December – Tuning the Vine at #InnerCityWineRoute, CBD, Cape Town