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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

Results of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends are now out. 85 entries from 64 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points or higher were as follows: 92 [...]

August 5, 2015
by Christian
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Thelema Merlot Reserve 2012

For their sins, the crew at Thelema have gained a reputation for being one of our leading practitioners of Merlot and the 2012 of the Reserve has just been released. How to suppress or mask any unfortunate “green” character must be the key challenge for any producer aspiring to make top-shelf Merlot and one obvious [...]

August 4, 2015
by Christian
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Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2012

Do we really have any idea what’s going to work best where when it comes to South African wine? First Sauvignon Blanc and then Chardonnay were tipped as most likely to be Elgin’s strongest white grape offering but the Viognier Roussanne from Thelema’s vineyards in this district suggests that in the years, decades and centuries [...]

April 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2011

The Viognier Roussane blend from Thelema’s Elgin vineyard called Sutherland first came to prominence when the 2009 vintage won gold at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Current release is 2011 (R100 a bottle) and it’s again a particularly characterful wine. A blend of 79% Viognier and 21% Roussanne, it was fermented and matured [...]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Editor Christian Eedes selects the most exciting wines he’s reviewed this year. WINE OF THE YEAR: Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 From ungrafted Chenin Blanc vines, the most profound modern-era South African wine yet. Read original review here. – – – A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011 Adi Badenhort’s cultivated eccentricity possibly gets in the [...]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

Thelema Rabelais 2010

The flagship red blend from Stellenbosch property Thelema called Rabelais came about in the aftermath of Gyles Webb’s resignation from the Cape Winemakers Guild – he’d already put together a wine from the 2007 vintage for sale at the annual auction but after giving up his membership, had to find a new route to market [...]

December 5, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Thelema Sutherland Rhine Riesling 2009

At the end of 2013, there were a total of 168.36ha of Riesling planted in South Africa which put it just ahead of Gewurztraminer but behind Roobernet. There are local producers that hope to emulate the great wines of the Mosel in Germany but typically come up somewhat short. The Sutherland Rhine Riesling 2009 from [...]

October 4, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Interview: Rudi Schultz of Thelema

From the September issue of Business Day WANTED: Rudi Schultz, winemaker at Thelema Mountain Vineyards in Stellenbosch, says he gets his love of nature from his biology teacher father. The old man was obviously influential as Schultz’s three brothers are also involved in wine production – Carl winemaker at Hartenberg, Gunter at Kleinood (which produces [...]

September 7, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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