Thelema Rabelais 2015

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R595.00 per bottle (incl. VAT)

International Customers:
$36.73 per bottle

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Rabelais is a blend of the best Bordeaux components from our Thelema range from the 2015 vintage. The wine shows concentrated aromas of dark berries, hints of mocha and cedar wood on the nose. The palate has lovely sweet fruit notes, polished tannins and a long, refined finish.


The carefully selected components of this wine lend themselves perfectly to long term cellaring, 10 – 15 years.

Food Pairing

This complex and full-bodied wine complements beef and game dishes.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon - CS 338C / Petit Verdot - Clone PV 219A
Root stock 101-14 and R99
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 2002/2003 & 1988
Plant density 2000 and 2110 vines per hectare respectively
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield 6-7 tons/ha (Cabernet), 6 tons/ha (PV),
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage A cool start to the season, but warmed up during the peak harvesting period. Very little rain during harvest, resulting in good, healthy fruit.
Picking date 23-25 February 2015(Cabernet Sauvignon), 26 February 2015(PV)
Grape sugar 25.4-26.0 °B (Cabernet), 25.6 °B (PV)
Acidity 5.69 g/l (Cabernet), 7.7 g/l (PV)
pH at harvest 3.50 (Cabernet), 3.45 (PV)
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 27 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks, cold soak for two days, and pumped over twice a day for 5 days. After fermentation the wine is left on the skins for 2 days before pressing, once pressed wine is racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood Maturation 20 months in 100% new 225 L French oak barrels
Residual Sugar 2.4 g/l
pH 3.64
Total acid 5.7 g/l
Alcohol 14.5 %
Blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
Maturation 2019 – 2034

During our annual vintage review individual barrels are identified and earmarked for the Rabelais blend. Concentrated aromas of dark berries and cedar wood on the nose are complemented by lovely sweet fruit and polished tannins on the palate. The wine finishes long and firm and will reward cellaring.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008