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ZAR 9 967
Lot 106
  • Thelema; Merlot; 2001; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 500 - 5 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 9 967
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

Merlot, 2001
6 (1 x 6) 750ml
Thelema, the Greek word for ‘will’, was a charming dilapidated fruit farm until Gyles Webb came along and purchased the farm with the help of his wife’s family in 1983. Placed at the top of the Helshoogte Pass, Thelema is one of the highest and coolest estates in the area, its deep red soils make it ideal for premium quality wine grape production. At a time when the South African wine scene was focused on quantity rather than quality, Webb was a trailblazing pioneer on a mission to craft world-class wines. Construction began on the winery in 1987, and Thelema produced its first vintage in 1988. Winemaking since 2000 has been in the capable hands of Rudi Schultz, with Gyles's son Thomas involved in running the business.

Critics Ratings

'There are a handful of producers that can make excellent wine from the variety, Thelema in Stellenbosch being one of them.' - Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za

'Unusually in the Cape, a variety that rivals Cabernet; from only 2 blocks on the property, 18 months French oak, 30% new. Always stylish, impressively firm, rewards a few years ageing. 2001 (with 14% Cab) has mulberry hues / aromas, arresting bitter chocolate, toasted fennel hints vie with meaty fullness, all ensconced in a blanket of ripe tannins.' - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2004, 4*

Provenance

Wine Cellar Private Client


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