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Merlot Reserve

Thelema, Merlot Reserve 2015

R355

24 in stock

Notes

Tasted blind in Cape Town and Johannesburg, alongside Bordeaux greats like Calon-Ségur and Valandraud, and local hard-hitters like Kanonkop Paul Sauer and Rustenberg Peter Barlow, the 2015 Thelema Merlot Reserve was crowned the winner of Wine Cellar’s 2015 Bordeaux vs SA taste-off!

Produced using only the very best parcels, the limited Thelema Merlot Reserve 2015 is an excellent example of great Merlot. It wowed tasters with its complex, Bordeaux-like nose leading to silky, sumptuous tannins and a plush finish. As one of only 3 Platter’s 5-star Merlots, it’s already nearing sold-out status.

Tasting notes:
'All-new oak in 2015, selection of special vineyard parcels, & it shows in the fruit intensity, layers of spicing, sleek structure. Like 2014 (4.5 stars, 92 pts), impressive, involving, with a great future ahead.' – Platters Guide 2019, 95/100

Viticulture:
A cool start to the season, but warmed up during the peak harvesting period. Very little rain during harvest, resulting in good, healthy fruit.

Vinification:
De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks, cold soak for two days, and pumped over twice a day for 5 days, an aerated pump over in the morning and a closed circulation in the afternoon. After fermentation the wine is pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.

Gyles Webb bought Thelema, a charming dilapidated fruit farm, in 1983 with the help of his wife’s family. Fruit orchards were pulled out and vines were planted. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. The ripe pure-fruited wines were a revelation to many and it wasn’t long before the romantic tale of a run-down old fruit farm became the success story of an avant-garde winery.

Tasted blind in Cape Town and Johannesburg, alongside Bordeaux greats like Calon-Ségur and Valandraud, and local hard-hitters like Kanonkop Paul Sauer and Rustenberg Peter Barlow, the 2015 Thelema Merlot Reserve was crowned the winner of Wine Cellar’s 2015 Bordeaux vs SA taste-off!

Produced using only the very best parcels, the limited Thelema Merlot Reserve 2015 is an excellent example of great Merlot. It wowed tasters with its complex, Bordeaux-like nose leading to silky, sumptuous tannins and a plush finish. As one of only 3 Platter’s 5-star Merlots, it’s already nearing sold-out status.

Tasting notes:
'All-new oak in 2015, selection of special vineyard parcels, & it shows in the fruit intensity, layers of spicing, sleek structure. Like 2014 (4.5 stars, 92 pts), impressive, involving, with a great future ahead.' – Platters Guide 2019, 95/100

Viticulture:
A cool start to the season, but warmed up during the peak harvesting period. Very little rain during harvest, resulting in good, healthy fruit.

Vinification:
De-stalked, hand sorted, crushed, pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks, cold soak for two days, and pumped over twice a day for 5 days, an aerated pump over in the morning and a closed circulation in the afternoon. After fermentation the wine is pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.

Gyles Webb bought Thelema, a charming dilapidated fruit farm, in 1983 with the help of his wife’s family. Fruit orchards were pulled out and vines were planted. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. The ripe pure-fruited wines were a revelation to many and it wasn’t long before the romantic tale of a run-down old fruit farm became the success story of an avant-garde winery.

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PG 95

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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