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Thelema Chardonnay Elgin Sutherland 2007

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This Charonnay is sourced from established vineyards planted in 1985 and 1986 on Hutton soils (decomposed granite) and planted at a density of 3200 vines per ha. The wine 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. Rich seafood dishes or perhaps with lighter game birds or poultry.

Region: South Africa » Overberg » Elgin

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Sutherland Estate:
Sutherland Estate is a family-owned, boutique enterprise. We have endeavoured to make the smallest footprint on our land. Our property consists of 110 acres, most of which is undisturbed native bushland. The large hill on the northern side of the property, upon which our cellar door is built, is known as Daniels Hill. We have four small, separate vineyard blocks totalling about ten acres. Our ... Read more
Sutherland Estate is a family-owned, boutique enterprise. We have endeavoured to make the smallest footprint on our land. Our property consists of 110 acres, most of which is undisturbed native bushland. The large hill on the northern side of the property, upon which our cellar door is built, is known as Daniels Hill. We have four small, separate vineyard blocks totalling about ten acres. Our original block (D block) was planted over a decade ago to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. There has been further plantings of these four varieties since then, together with two parcels of Tempranillo and Gewurztraminer. The Yarra Valley traditionally enjoys the bulk of its annual rainfall in winter and spring. Accordingly all blocks have dripper lines, and irrigation is (sparingly) provided, as needed, during summer. We do not have mains or town water - our water needs are meet from a number of dams around the property. Vineyard management includes hand pruning, bunch thinning and/or leaf plucking (if needed) and early morning hand picking. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Thelema Chardonnay Elgin Sutherland

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.50 5
10/26/2009

Fairly oaky but with a nice perfumed quality exhibiting a bit of toasted corn, cashew brittle and floral notes over the oak and tart apricot fruit tones. A fairly rich mouthfeel with plenty of sweet fruit, a touch of RS to help add roundness and soften the bit of tannin on the palate. Nice fruity finish with peaches, vanilla, and a touch of toasty oak. A pretty dense little wine. Could use some time to round out. 88pts


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3.50 5
10/27/2009

Grassy, crisp nose with plenty of stone fruits. Definitely a crisp and acidic style of Chardonnay, with a lot of refreshing fruit and a nicely oaked finish with a hint of cedar, corn, and toast.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
10/27/2009

Lean, sharp green apples on the nose. Medium body with some pleasant mealiness on the backend. Apricot finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
10/27/2009

Red apples on the nose, with a nice caramel scent. There are also notes of cashew and oak upfront. The wine has good bite upfront, before moving to a mellow, wide mid palate of butter, caramel, candied apple and cinammon. Finishes on a lot of oak, but is well done.



This Charonnay is sourced from established vineyards planted in 1985 and 1986 on Hutton soils (decomposed granite) and planted at a density of 3200 vines per ha. The wine 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. Rich seafood dishes or perhaps with lighter game birds or poultry.

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