Vintage Wines

Every now and then we'll make certain vintage wines available to buy online. It’s our way of sharing some of the hidden gems we have stored in our cellar.

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Complex and stylish, with bags of ripe blackcurrant and coffee flavours. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate. The finish is long and firm.

Maturation

Already drinking well, and will develop for 8 years.

Food Pairing

A perfect accompaniment to grilled beef, especially with a Béarnaise sauce and rocket salad.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon – clone 46,169A and 338C
Root stock 101-14, R110 & R99
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1988, 1989 & 2002
Plant density 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 15cm
Yield Approximately 8 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Like 2008, there was a late start to the 2009 harvest. Long, moderate to dry warm spells led to near perfect ripening conditions. Possibly one of the best vintages the Cape has seen.
Picking date 12th March – 15th April
Grape sugar 24.7 °B
Acidity 4.9 g/l
pH at harvest 3.64.9 g/l
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 27 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into stainless steel tanks, pumped over for 8 days, left for 3 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood maturation 18 months in barrel. 45% new French oak, balance in older barrels.
Residual sugar 1.8g/l
pH 3.7
Total acid 6.0g/l
Alcohol 14.31%
Maturation 2012 - 2025

Complex and stylish, with bags of ripe blackcurrant and coffee flavours. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate. The finish is long and firm.

All vintages:

2010, 2009