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Wishing You Every Happiness This Festive Season

13 December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Our family has been on Thelema for thirty-three years and this year has been far and away the toughest, for various reasons. Fortunately we are a resilient bunch here. Not only our terrific staff, who have handled the crises selflessly and bravely, but the vegetation on this property has also shown amazing fighting spirit. What are you talking about, I’m imagining you’re thinking?

Well, on the 19th of January this year at about 11:30 in the morning I was driving back from a vineyard inspection on Sutherland and, as I approached Stellenbosch near the golf course, I saw a column of smoke on the Franschhoek side of Simonsberg. My immediate reaction was ‘HKGK’, which, roughly translated, means that we should expect a spot of bother. Sure enough, at about 7:30 in the evening a massive fire hit our top vineyards and kept all of us, as well as very kind volunteer neighbours, battling to salvage what we could. Fortunately nobody got hurt and no buildings were affected, but the vineyards on the foothills of the mountain were badly hit, and some of my favourite old trees, especially one magnificent Maytenus oliodes, were severely damaged, presumed dead. Initial estimates of the damage to vineyards indicated that we should remove about 5 hectares of vineyard on top of the fruit loss of about 100 tons.

We lost the fruit, but our vines and the trees are fighting back. My favourite tree miraculously started shooting a few months after the fire and looks like it will make a full recovery, and many vines, at one stage looking like gonners, are growing again. The vintage wasn’t a total disaster fortunately, as about 70% of the vineyards were not affected by the fire and Sutherland produced another brilliant crop, but it reminds me, again, that we have a very special, sometimes fragile, but always exciting property in Stellenbosch that doesn’t induce boredom. So what am I going to do next year when I retire?

Well I’ll probably be drinking some of the wines we have on offer at the moment. My favourites currently are the whites from Sutherland, especially the Viognier / Roussanne which is a fabulous food wine, high in flavour and texture but low in acidity, and the Chardonnay is a secret gem. Ironically it scores better overseas than locally, twice being voted top South African Chardonnay in two UK competitions and it is an absolute bargain in my opinion! Another hidden gem is the Semillon Late Harvest, if you’re after a sticky – it has that brilliant crème brulee sort of flavour you get in Sauternes but also a lightness and freshness that I love. And then of course there are days when a red is required for dinner and I appropriate left-overs from the tasting room – so far there haven’t been any duds there, so I’d recommend them all!

Lastly I would like to wish all of you a joyous and peaceful holiday season. We would love to see you at Thelema or hear your feedback, so please keep in touch.

Until next time
Gyles


TASTING ROOM OPENING TIMES DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON

If you’re planning on visiting Thelema during the Festive Season, please take note of our opening hours:

  • Friday, 16th December – OPEN (10h00 – 15h00)
  • Sunday, 18th December – CLOSED
  • Saturday, 24th December – OPEN (10h00 – 15h00)
  • Sunday, 25th December – CLOSED
  • Monday, 26th December – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, 27th December – OPEN (10h00 – 15h00)
  • Saturday, 31st December – OPEN (10h00 – 15h00)
  • Sunday, 1st January – CLOSED

WINE EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE NEW YEAR

Our calendar is already filling up for 2017. The following events are not to be missed out on:

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  • Happy Heritage Day South Africa. Our tasting room will be closed today as the team takes a well deserved break over a braai today. We hope that you will be enjoying some Thelema wine with your braai today? Please share the pics with us if you do. #thelema #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #redwine #heritageday #braaiday #primeshots #lifestyleHappy Heritage Day South Africa. Our tasting room will be closed today as the team takes a well deserved break over a braai today. We hope that you will be enjoying some Thelema wine with your braai today? Please share the pics with us if you do. #thelema #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #redwine #heritageday #braaiday #primeshots #lifestyle
  • Gearing up for braai day this Thursday? What can be better than having a Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon with a tender steak from the braai? Click on the link in our bio and shop for your favorite Thelema wine now.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #cabernetsauvignon #redwine #cabernetallday #braaiday #publicholiday #braaiandwine #steak #braaivleisGearing up for braai day this Thursday? What can be better than having a Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon with a tender steak from the braai? Click on the link in our bio and shop for your favorite Thelema wine now.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #cabernetsauvignon #redwine #cabernetallday #braaiday #publicholiday #braaiandwine #steak #braaivleis
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, MCC!! Always a good excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate the start of the weekend. 🍾🥂 #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mcc #capclassique #champagne #bubbly #celebrations #fridayvibes #weekend #weekendvibes #anylocation #anytime #anywhereMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, MCC!! Always a good excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate the start of the weekend. 🍾🥂 #thelemawines #drinkthelema #mcc #capclassique #champagne #bubbly #celebrations #fridayvibes #weekend #weekendvibes #anylocation #anytime #anywhere
  • The Abbey has been launched in selected Woolworths stores in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. Keep a look out for it and get your bottle today.You can also shop for it on Woolworths online store. Click on the link in our bio and it will take you straight there.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #new #newrelease #woolworths #woolworthsfood #shoponline #yummyThe Abbey has been launched in selected Woolworths stores in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. Keep a look out for it and get your bottle today.You can also shop for it on Woolworths online store. Click on the link in our bio and it will take you straight there.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #theabbey #redblend #new #newrelease #woolworths #woolworthsfood #shoponline #yummy
  • Tim Atkin Report 2020 results have been released and we are really proud. Well done Rudi, Duncan, Victor and the rest of the team! Click on the link in our bio to shop for these awesome wines on our online shop. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #timatkin #report2020 #wine #proud #goodresults #winemaking #stellenbosch #visitsellenbosch #wosa #southafricaTim Atkin Report 2020 results have been released and we are really proud. Well done Rudi, Duncan, Victor and the rest of the team! Click on the link in our bio to shop for these awesome wines on our online shop. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #timatkin #report2020 #wine #proud #goodresults #winemaking #stellenbosch #visitsellenbosch #wosa #southafrica
  • Looking forward to partner up with Grub & Vine this week and pouring some of our wine in The Green Room.It starts tonight with Vine Night at 6pm. Then Friday it will be time for the weekly Wine Pop-Up starting at 4pm. Book for Vine Night via Dineplan and simply pop in Friday- it’s first come, first serve. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #grubandvine #winetasting #snacks #event #nightout #capetown #capetownfoodie #southafricaLooking forward to partner up with Grub & Vine this week and pouring some of our wine in The Green Room.It starts tonight with Vine Night at 6pm. Then Friday it will be time for the weekly Wine Pop-Up starting at 4pm. Book for Vine Night via Dineplan and simply pop in Friday- it’s first come, first serve. #thelemawines #drinkthelema #grubandvine #winetasting #snacks #event #nightout #capetown #capetownfoodie #southafrica
  • We have a winner!! Congratulations to @yamkelampini You will soon enjoy our Thelema MCC and Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon. Please DM us for further details. Thank you to all who entered. Keep a look out for more competitions and give aways to come #thelemawines #drinkthelema #competition #wehaveawinner #thankyouWe have a winner!! Congratulations to @yamkelampini You will soon enjoy our Thelema MCC and Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon. Please DM us for further details. Thank you to all who entered. Keep a look out for more competitions and give aways to come #thelemawines #drinkthelema #competition #wehaveawinner #thankyou
  • Happy International Cabernet Sauvignon day. Hope you will be able to celebrate it with a bottle our Thelema Cab. Please share a pic with us if you do.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #stellenboschcabernetcollective #scc #winenot #internationalcabernetsauvignonday #cabernetday #stellenboschcabernet #supportstellenbosch #redredwine #winelands #visitstellenbosch #southafricaHappy International Cabernet Sauvignon day. Hope you will be able to celebrate it with a bottle our Thelema Cab. Please share a pic with us if you do.#thelemawines #drinkthelema #stellenboschcabernetcollective #scc #winenot #internationalcabernetsauvignonday #cabernetday #stellenboschcabernet #supportstellenbosch #redredwine #winelands #visitstellenbosch #southafrica

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