Deep, brooding purple in color with some brick red highlights. The nose has pretty red-fruit characters with some hints of spices such as cinnamon and licorice. The palate is juicy, broad and ripe, packed with red and black berry fruits, a firm, well integrated oaky structure and a bold, well defined finish which makes it a great food wine. Ideal with more delicate game dishes, beef stew or lamb.
$40.00 / Bottle $480.00 / Case
In July 1983, the McLean Family Trust bought the old fruit farm Thelema, situated on the top of the Helshoogte Pass about 6 kilometers outside of Stellenbosch. This purchase was the culmination of a long search by Gyles and Barbara Webb for that rare location where exceptional wines could be made, for this is their sole intention. The farm comprises 157 ha of land on the slopes of the Simonsberg. The elevation ranges from 370 to 640 meters above sea level of mainly south-facing slopes, making Thelema one of the highest and probably coolest wine farms in the Stellenbosch area. Gyles Webb directs all farming and winery operations, and the remaining directors are wife Barbara and sister-in-law Jenny de Tolly.
This Merlot is sourced from established vines which were planted in 1988 in Hutton soils (decomposed granite) at a density of 3200 vines per ha. Vineyard practices include vertical hedge trellising, spur pruning to 2 buds every 12cms and supplementary drip irrigation. Harvesting was by hand and the whole bunches were de-stalked, hand sorted and crushed into stainless steel tanks where fermentation took place followed by 100% malolactic fermentation and pressing into 30% new French barriques where aging was for 20 months before bottling.