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Win a six-bottle case of Thelema Shiraz 2013, a six-bottle case of Sutherland Syrah 2012 AND tickets for two to the Shiraz & Charcturie Festival 2017, worth R220 each. Explore the impact of different sites on the same variety – acclaimed cellar Thelema makes two versions of Shiraz/Syrah, one from Stellenbosch and the other from […]

May 15, 2017
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Q&A: Thelema’s Rudi Schultz on Shiraz

Thelema, situated on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a family owned and managed wine estate and the home of Thelema and Sutherland Vineyards wines, the latter from Elgin grapes. Rudi Schultz has been winemaker there since 2000 and we spoke to him about his experience working with Shiraz. Thelema is known for its Cabernet […]

May 15, 2017
by Christian
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Thelema Shiraz 2013

Stellenbosch property Thelema is well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon but has also made a Shiraz since the 2000 vintage which perhaps deserves more appreciation than it gets. The current release is 2013 is largely from two vineyards planted in 2000 and 2001 but also includes 8% Grenache. Winemaker Rudi Schultz incorporates at least 50% […]

May 15, 2017
by Christian
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Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2014

The white blend that is VR from Thelema’s Elgin property called Sutherland deserves to have a cult following. The newly released 2014 is once again super-tasty as well as coming in at a pocket-friendly R125 a bottle. A 50:50 blend of Viognier and Roussanne, the wine was fermented and matured for 10 months in second- […]

October 29, 2016
by Christian
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Thelema Blanc de Blancs 2012

There was a time when Méthode Cap Classique was the preserve of a few specialists but now just about every self-respecting cellar feels compelled to have one in the range and Thelema in Stellenbosch is no different. From 100% Elgin Chardonnay, it was left on the lees for 28 months. The nose shows a hint […]

March 21, 2016
by Christian
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Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015

The block of Sauvignon Blanc designated as “M3” on Stellenbosch property Thelema was planted in 1993 with a south-easterly aspect at a height of 460m above sea level. It has usually produced the best Sauvignon Blanc on Stellenbosch property Thelema and in 2015, the decision was taken to keep a small volume aside for a […]

December 8, 2015
by Christian
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Thelema Shiraz 2012

Does an 89-point rating sell wine? It should in the case of the Shiraz 2012 from Stellenbosch property Thelema. Winemaking practices involved no whole-bunch, careful extraction and relatively modest oaking – matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. It shows red and black fruit, pepper and spice plus a hint of liquorice. […]

October 8, 2015
by Christian
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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 as made in South Africa 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 […]

August 5, 2015
by Christian
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