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Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Website : www.thelema.co.za

With an enviable position on the highest slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, ranging from 370 to 640 metres above sea level on mainly south-facing slopes, lies Thelema, one of the highest, coolest and certainly most sought-after wine farms in the Cape. Gyles Webb is the heartbeat of Thelema, enviably nestled in one of the most beautiful places in the world to grow grapes. Saved from a certain life of boredom in accountancy by deciding to put down roots on the mountain and produce great wine, Gyles is now ably assisted by Rudi Schultz in winemaking and son Thomas in all Export markets,, enabling him to go back to the vineyard and concentrate on the improvement of soil health and diversity in order to grow the best grapes to make the finest wines. Winemaking is as natural as possible with minimal handling – a policy which they charmingly describe as “benign neglect”, and the vision for the Thelema wines is just as down to earth; Gyles has regularly been heard saying that all they want to do is make honest wines which people will enjoy! True to this vision, Gyles and Thomas can regularly be found enjoying good wine and great food themselves in some of the UK’s best restaurants.

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2009 Merlot Stellenbosch, Thelema

    Deep, brooding purple in colour with some brick red highlights. The nose has pretty red-fruit characters with some hints of spices such as cinnamon and liquorice. The palate is juicy, broad and ripe, packed with red and black berry fruits, a firm, well integrated oaky structure and a bold, well defined finish which makes it a great food wine.

  2. 2006 Merlot Reserve, Thelema
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    2006 Merlot Reserve, Thelema

    (6x75cl)

    With enormous depth of colour, this wine is almost black in hue and is bursting with pure and concentrated blackcurrant aromas. The palate is full bodied and chunky with a well delineated structure of integrated, fine grained tannin and ripe toasty oak encasing the fruit flavours right through to the rounded, lengthy finish.

  3. 2010 Sutherland Oaked Chardonnay, Thelema

    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

  4. 2009 Sutherland Viognier Roussanne, Thelema

    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.

  5. 2010 Sutherland Pinot Noir, Thelema

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

  6. 2011 Sutherland Riesling, Thelema

    Off-dry. Fragrant, pungent orange blossom and lime character that is sweetish on the palate, and has a long finish. Will reward cellaring.

  7. 2012 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.

  8. 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, 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.

  9. 2011 Chardonnay, Thelema
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    2011 Chardonnay, Thelema

    (6x75cl)

    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.

  10. 2009 Sutherland Cabernet Blend, Thelema

    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.

  11. 2010 Shiraz, Thelema
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    2010 Shiraz, Thelema

    (6x75cl)

    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.

  12. 2011 Mountain Red, Thelema
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    2011 Mountain Red, Thelema

    (6x75cl)

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

  13. 2013 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.

  14. 2012 Chardonnay, Thelema
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    2012 Chardonnay, Thelema

    (6x75cl)

    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.

  15. 2013 Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc, Thelema

    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.

  16. 2011 Sutherland Oaked Chardonnay, Thelema

    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

  17. 2011 Sutherland Viognier Roussanne, Thelema

    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.

  18. 2010 Merlot Stellenbosch, Thelema

    Deep, brooding purple in colour with some brick red highlights. The nose has pretty red-fruit characters with some hints of spices such as cinnamon and liquorice. The palate is juicy, broad and ripe, packed with red and black berry fruits, a firm, well integrated oaky structure and a bold, well defined finish which makes it a great food wine.

  19. 2012 Sutherland Pinot Noir, Thelema

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

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