Online-Only Auction, 12 - 19 October 2020

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ZAR 9 967
Lot 143
  • Thelema; Rabelais; 2010; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 8 500 - 9 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 9 967
Location
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About this Item

Rabelais, 2010
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.
Rabelais is a blend of the best Bordeaux components within the Thelema range from the 2010 vintage. During the annual vintage review individual barrels are identified and earmarked for the Rabelais blend, which is complex, elegant and structured. 

Critics Ratings

Darkly brooding 2010, mainly cab with 14% petit verdot; naturally fermented, 80% new oak. Intoxicating mix of cassis & perfume on the nose giving way to ripe (never jammy) blackberries, some tar, cedar & heady spices. Wrapped up in velvety tannins, a wine fit for the grandest occasions.’ – Platter’s Guide SA Wine Guide, 5* (2015)

 '86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot. Wonderfully engaging aromas of red and black fruit, the leafy note so typical of this farm present but subtle and entirely likeable, violets, pencil shavings and some milk chocolate. Excellent flavour intensity, bright acidity and fine tannins – extremely well balanced and lovely length. One of the most confident and sophisticated Bordeaux-style reds tasted in a long time.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

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