October 25th, 2010

Sarah Goes To Thelema Mountain Vineyards (Stellenbosh, SA).

Just outside Stellenbosch on the road back to Franschhoek, the Thelema Mountain Vineyards sits tucked into the base of the Simonsberg Range.   The estate is at the end of a red dirt road lined with gum trees and Cabernet vines; to call the location dramatic seems a bit of an understatement. Before tasting we went on a brief walk on the grounds to see the vineyards and give the winery’s two dogs a bit of a run before it started to rain.

2009 Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc: A cheerful style (from the wineries second label) that is meant to be chilled and consumed (green melon, asian spice, tangerine, med acid, fruity, dry).

2009 Thelema Sauvignon Blanc: Guava, basil, wet stones, gooseberry, twangy, grapefruit rind, tangerine

2008 Sutherland Viognier: This is the first crop from their newly planted viognier: apricot, earth, orange blossom, intensely floral, green tea, garrigue, spicy finish, med length

2006 Thelema Shiraz: Classic Syrah profile: bacon, smoke, plum, garrigue, black cherry pits.

2007 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon: Fruit forward, balanced, structured: mint, coffee, tobacco, plum, black cherry.

2008 Thelema ‘Mint Block’ Cabernet Sauvignon: Big, savory style with weighty tannins and lots of potential: dark chocolate, mint, savory herbs, plum, Worchester, soy, parsley, plum, floral.