South African & International Fine Wine

Live Auction, 14 September 2019

Session Two

Sold for

ZAR 5 121
Lot 365
  • Thelema; Cabernet Sauvignon; 2003; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 5 000 - 7 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 5 121

About this Item

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003
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.

2003 was one of the greatest vintages of the era and produced rich yet elegant wines.

Critics Ratings

'Alluring and stylish, with lovely mint, cocoa and red currant aromas and flavours gliding along suave tannins. Ripe and balanced, with a long, elegant finish. One of the Cape’s most consistently outstanding wines.’ - Wine Spectator, 91/100 (2006)

Provenance

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