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Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Thelema Mountain Vineyards
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Cabernet may be its trump card, but the origins of Thelema owe more to the wines of Burgundy than Bordeaux: it was a bottle of Puligny-Montrachet that lured Gyles Webb away from accountancy in Durban to winemaking in Stellenbosch.

Armed with a winemaking degree and influenced by travels in Tuscany, Bordeaux and California, Gyles and his wife Barbara – a noted triathlete – bought Thelema, an old fruit farm high on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain, in 1983. This is the wilder side of Stellenbosch, where spotted leopards roam the vines and a combination of elevation and eucalyptus trees creates a much-prized style of Cabernet with a distinctively minty freshness.

These days Gyles is Cellar Master, with the talented Schultz brothers (Rudi and Werner) responsible for the winemaking and vineyards respectively. But the philosophy remains true to Gyles’ original vision, centred on the principle of what he calls ‘benign neglect’ – minimal fining and filtration, and no use of commercial yeasts in the red wines. True too to the Thelema name, taken from the idealised concept of a new world order imagined by 16th century French monk, physician and writer Rabelais.

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2012 Pinot Noir, Sutherland

    2012 Pinot Noir, Sutherland


    The wine is light and clean, with earthy wild strawberry and raspberry flavours, and a perfumed and elegant finish.

  2. 2013 Chardonnay, Thelema

    2013 Chardonnay, Thelema


    Has a rich, bright, golden yellow hue and an aromatic, complex nose of lime marmalade, guava and melon fruit and toasty oak nuances. The palate is medium to full bodied and rounded, packed with luscious tropical fruit flavours, a delicious mineral streak and well integrated, nutty oak which lends a creamy texture in the mouth. Finishes soft and succulent.

  3. 2010 Cabernet Blend, Sutherland

    This blend was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is packed with dark
    fruit flavours, and shows a pleasant spiciness on the palate. There is a refreshing sweet
    blackcurrant finish. Will reward cellaring.

  4. 2012 Mountain Red Blend, Thelema

    Spicy aromas of black pepper and mulberry mingle with the plum flavours in this soft and approachable wine.

  5. 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, Thelema

    Bright pale gold in colour with flashes of lime green, this wine is fresh, crisp and aromatic on the nose, boasting delicious gooseberry, melon and pineapple aromas. It is medium bodied and juicy, packed with fresh ripe melon and guava fruits and hints of bell pepper with a crisp, refreshing finish which is bone dry.

  6. 2012 Shiraz, Thelema

    2012 Shiraz, Thelema


    Opaque, almost black in colour with an aromatic and complex nose of blackberries, currants, liquorice and spices. Full bodied and structured, well balanced with ripe fruit and a lash of vanilla on the firm finish.

  7. 2012 Oaked Chardonnay, Sutherland

    Fresh citrus flavours combine brilliantly with subtle toasty oak. This wine has pure, clean fruit,leaving a fresh finish. This wine shows surprising complexity for such a young wine. Should age gracefully

  8. 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Sutherland

    Pale gold in colour with youthful flashes of lime green, the nose is aromatic with pungent 'green' aromas of bell pepper and fresh crushed herbs. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and dry with a mouthwatering streak of minerals, hints of sub-tropical fruit and a layer of grassy gooseberry flavours that merge sublimely with the limey, crisp finish. Elegant and lengthy.

  9. 2012 Viognier Roussanne, Sutherland

    Sun-dried apricot, marzipan and rose petal aromas, with rosemary undertones. This wine is big with some prominent leesy, toasty notes among the fruit. The finish is clean, fresh and minerally and very long.

  10. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Thelema

    This wine has a complex nose of mint, blackcurrant and chocolate and the palate is juicy and ripe. There is a good layer of toasty oak in the background to complement the black cherry and cassis fruit flavours and grippy mid-palate tannin. Very long, clean and elegant on the finish.

  11. 2012 Merlot, Thelema

    2012 Merlot, Thelema

  12. 2015 Riesling, Sutherland

    2015 Riesling, Sutherland


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