Thelema Merlot 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
R220
In stock
( left)
93
TA
''It's tricky to make Merlot on its own,' says Rudi Schultz, but Thelema does it better than almost anyone. Produced from three clones and aged in 20% new wood, this is textured, herbal, spicy and concentrated with granular tannins and leafy read berry fruit. Drink 2022-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100

'Shaded, healthy ruby. Some quite strong leafy notes on the nose. Sweet start but still refreshing. Not intense but well balanced. Tea-leaf flavours. Dry finish. Not opulent but well behaved and well balanced. Relatively light in the middle but clean. Just slightly lean.' – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, 16/20

'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
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Merlot
Rating TA 93
Technical analysis RS: 1.8 g/L | TA: 6.2 g/L | PH: 3.42
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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