Online-Only Auction, 12 - 19 October 2020

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ZAR 7 035
Lot 566
  • Thelema; Merlot Reserve; 2010; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 6 000 - 7 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 7 035
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

Merlot Reserve, 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.

Critics Ratings

‘2010 again shows this to be one of the Cape’s best merlots, delicious enough in youth but will harmonise & gain complexity over 5 or more years. Subtly powerful, with strong tannins & fresh acidity big but balanced, the all-new oak well constrained by fruit.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide, 4.5* (2013)

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