Thelema "The Mint" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Intense plum, cassis and dark chocolate flavours, with hints of the characteristic minty showing. Fine tannins with a long, mocha finish. Great to pair with roast lamb or game. Will reward cellaring.


Character will keep developing for 8 more years

Food Pairing

Roast lamb!

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Tasting Notes

Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon – clone 163
Root stock Mgt 101-14
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1985
Plant density 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 15cm
Yield 5.951 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Dry season with cool weather during the ripening period resulting in ideal conditions for production of elegant, well balanced wines
Picking date 4th of April
Grape sugar 24.26 °B
Acidity 5.20 g/l
pH at harvest 3.59
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 27 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into a stainless steel fermenter, pumped over for 10 days, left for 6 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood maturation 18 months in barrel. 40% new French oak, balance in older barrels.
Residual Sugar 1.9 g/l
pH 3.85
Total acid 4.6 g/l
Alcohol 14.00% by volume
Maturation 2015 – 2025


The most likely source of the “mint” character could be attributed to the airborne transfer from the Eucalyptus trees, which border this specific Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard, to the grape berries. It is believed that the berries outer wax layer could adsorb Eucalyptol, a compound responsible for the aroma, released into the air by the trees. It subsequently becomes dissolved during the fermentation process, which takes place on the skins, inevitably giving the wine a “minty” character unique to this vineyard.

All vintages:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010