Thelema Chardonnay Elgin Sutherland 2007
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.
Editorial Reviews for Thelema Chardonnay Elgin Sutherland
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
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.
Lean, sharp green apples on the nose. Medium body with some pleasant mealiness on the backend. Apricot finish.
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.