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Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Sku: 000583

 Wine Spectator 89 points (Jun 15 2015)
A loam- and mint-framed version, with steeped currant and mulled fig notes all backed by a solid, smoldering tobacco accent on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 300 cases imported.-JM
 Vinous 91 points (Jun 2015)
(aged for 18 months in 45% new French oak): Bright ruby-red. Sexy black raspberry and cassis fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by cedar, dusty spices, mocha, bitter chocolate and tobacco. Densely packed, smooth and deep, boasting excellent concentration and creamy depth--not to mention very good inner-mouth energy and perfume. A faint minty, herbal quality adds complexity without intruding on the wine’s rich fruit. Finishes with a substantial tannic spine to support aging. I find more sweetness and depth here than the 2009 showed two years ago.
 Wine Advocate 88 points (Oct 2014)
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon works much better on the nose than the Merlot ’10 - better definition and varietal expression with cedar-infused blackberry and cassis fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with dusty black fruit, good acidity and a structured, quite austere finish. This is perhaps an orthodox Stellenbosch Cabernet, but one that will offer pleasure over the next 4 to 5 years.

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Gyles Webb bought Thelema, a charming dilapidated fruit farm, in 1983 with the help of his wife’s family. Fruit orchards were pulled out and vines were planted. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. The ripe pure-fruited wines were a revelation to many and it wasn’t long before the romantic tale of a run-down old fruit farm became the success story of an avant-garde winery. By the mid 90’s Thelema’s wines sold out within a month after release, making it one of the most sought-after wine estates in South Africa. Thelema is, as far as we’re concerned, one of the most beautiful places on earth with great old oak trees, spectacular mountain views and colourful, noisy peacocks. Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass with elevations that range between 370 to 640 meters above sea level and mainly south-facing slopes, it is also one of the highest and coolest estates in the area. The high altitude and the deep red soils are ideal for premium quality wine grape production. We do not buy in any grapes and all wines are bottled on the estate to maintain absolute control over every aspect of the wine production. The terroir in combination with Gyles Webb’s wine making style result in flavourful, flamboyant, complex and long-lasting wines with a distinctive South African character. In 2000, Gyles moved into the role of cellar master and handed over the winemaking duties to the talented Rudi Schultz (one of the famous Schultz winemaking brothers). We hope you enjoy our wines and it would be a pleasure to welcome you at Thelema for a chat and a taste of our latest release.

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