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Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Deep and rich on the nose with roasted green chili, cut grass and bitter melon aromas. Light and elegant on entry, this spreads across the mid-palate with soft lime and orchard fruit flavors. The acidity is perky but well-balanced, lending this a rich and bright mouth feel. The finish is decidedly light if long, with aromatic citrus notes over a base of mineral-inflected green apple fruit. 88pts

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Thelema Mountain Vineyards:
The farm comprises 157 ha of land on the slopes of the Simonsberg. The elevation ranges from 370 to 640 meters above sea level of mainly south-facing slopes, making Thelema one of the highest and probably coolest wine farms in the Stellenbosch area. Although wine had been made on the farm in the early part of the century and table grapes produced until the late 1960's, there were no vines on th... Read more
The farm comprises 157 ha of land on the slopes of the Simonsberg. The elevation ranges from 370 to 640 meters above sea level of mainly south-facing slopes, making Thelema one of the highest and probably coolest wine farms in the Stellenbosch area. Although wine had been made on the farm in the early part of the century and table grapes produced until the late 1960's, there were no vines on the farm at the time of purchase. The 25 ha under cultivation consisted of plums, apples and pears in varying stages of degeneration. The neglected state of the farm could not detract from its charm - there are spectacular views of the Simonsberg, Drakenstein and Jonkershoek Mountains and the farm is dotted with enormous oak trees. It has, however, involved an enormous effort to convert Thelema into a wine farm. The farm workers housing has been renovated and new cottages built and the old Cape Victorian farmhouse restored. The orchards have gradually made way for vineyards and virgin mountainside cleared and prepared to increase the arable land to about 40 ha. Detailed tests of the soil have revealed them to be high potential decomposed granite with excellent water-retention capacity. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Thelema Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
0.00 5
06/05/2012

Deep and rich on the nose with roasted green chili, cut grass and bitter melon aromas. Light and elegant on entry, this spreads across the mid-palate with soft lime and orchard fruit flavors. The acidity is perky but well-balanced, lending this a rich and bright mouth feel. The finish is decidedly light if long, with aromatic citrus notes over a base of mineral-inflected green apple fruit. 88pts



Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.33

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