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Interview: Rudi Schultz of Thelema

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 … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2013


Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side … [Read more...]

Rudi Schultz Syrah 2009

As rare as unicorn droppings.

That blood is thicker than water was demonstrated last night when the four Schultz brothers employed at three different cellars combined to host a dinner at Aubergine restaurant in Cape Town. Carl is winemaker at Hartenberg, Rudi at Thelema and … [Read more...]

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Does what it says on the label.

Back in the 1990s, Thelema in Stellenbosch was one of the front-runners when it came to Sauvignon Blanc but  as vineyards with more maritime locations came on stream in the 2000s, more dramatic styles (for which read: high-pyrazine, high-acidity … [Read more...]

Pio Cesare Barbaresco 1997 vs. Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 1997

For Auld Lang Syne.

The family tradition on New Year’s Eve is to gather around the table with some decent food and wine. The menu this year: Beetroot and vanilla gravalax and rooibos smoked salmon from the Luke Dale-Roberts Woolworths range on wholewheat … [Read more...]

Thelema Merlot 2006

A rare bird indeed.

If any variety has gained a favourable reputation because of texture rather than flavour, it is Merlot. In the mind of the average punter, it produces wines that are “smooth” and almost nothing seems to convince him or her otherwise. It is curious, … [Read more...]