Thelema Merlot 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'Thelema partly made their name with Merlot (not easy in South Africa) and continue to produce some of the country's best examples of the grape. Polished, leafy and refined, with subtle new oak integration and a caressing mid palate. Especially commendable in 2016. Drink 2019-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 93/100

'The drought-affected 2016 vintage was one to test the mettle of producers and it seems that the winemaking team at Thelema handled it with aplomb when it comes to the standard-label Merlot. Grapes from vineyards planted in 1998 and 2000, maturation lasted 18 months in French oak, 30% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, a hint of fresh herbs and attractive oak spice while the palate is particularly well balanced with clean fruit, fresh acidity and crunchy tannins.' – Christian Eedes,, 91/100

'Long-standing SA benchmark & paragon of reliability. 2016 bright fruited, with choc/mocha notes & tobacco from third new oak, as smooth & elegant as 2015 (4 stars, 87 pts) & even more effortlessly enjoyable. Well made, with good few years cellaring potential.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (90/100)

'The wine shows bright, red fruit and hints of spice on the nose, with concentrated flavours on the palate and soft, polished tannins. Hints of dark chocolate complete this wonderfully balanced wine.' – Winemaker
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Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Merlot
Rating TA 93
Technical analysis RS: 1.71 g/L | TA: 5.74 g/L | PH: 3.45
Producer information The name Thelema comes from the Abbey of Thélème, a place dreamt up by François Rabelais. He was a monk, a doctor and a writer in sixteenth-century France and his utopian Abbey went against the religious ideals of the day. Rabelais’ motto was ‘laughing and drinking are the proper characteristics of man...for by wine we become divine.’ Since Rabelais spent a lot of time thinking about and writing memorable quotes on wine, Thelema saw it fitting to name their vineyards after him.
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