Thelema "The Mint" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Ripe red berry, cassis and dark chocolate flavours are complimented by hints of mint and on the palate. The wine has fine tannins with a long, mocha finish. A great wine to pair with roast lamb or game.


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 6.98 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage A cool start to season delayed harvest by a week or so, resutling in an exceptional vintage with red wines of great purity, elegance and concentration.
Picking date 4th of April
Grape sugar 24.41 °B
Acidity 5.20 g/l
pH at harvest 3.67
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 3.4 g/l
pH 3.72
Total acid 5.7 g/l
Alcohol 14.00% by volume
Maturation 2016 – 2026


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