Online-Only Auction, 31 May - 7 June 2021

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R 2 932
Lot 685
Thelema; Merlot Reserve; 2003; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 3 000 - 4 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 2 932

About this Item

Merlot Reserve, 2003
3 (1 x 3) 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.
This is a barrel selection of Thelemas' finest merlot. 

Critics Ratings

‘A show-stopper! Elegant rather than ostentatious, marvellous concentration of blackcurrant, fennel, leaf flavours buffed by 20 months in 100% new French oak. Ripe yet vibrantly fresh, lingeringly dry. Limited production, with excellent potential for aging.’ - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2006, 5*

Provenance

Private Client


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