Thelema Merlot Reserve 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'A selection of just 12 barrels, all of them new, this is a superb Merlot from Rudi Schultz and the Thelema team. Scented and herbal with aromas of Asian spices, fine new French oak, red berry and fennel flavours and good structure and texture. 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 95/100

Tasting notes on the 2018 vintage:
'After the super impressive 2017 Reserve Merlot, who could possibly have thought that the 2018 vintage would serve up such a classic Merlot expression. The aromatics are rich and intense with complex notes of violets and sweet lavender, freshly collected sea shells, sweet red and black berries, blue berry compote, wet tobacco, graphite and subtle sweet sappy notes. The palate is medium to full-bodied and also boasts a pronounced maritime salinity supported by leafy black cherry notes, roasted coffee beans, black tea, tangy rose hips and spicy black plum nuances. This Reserve Merlot shows the power and density of a cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon with the suave, plump mineral tannins of a serious Right Bank Bordeaux Merlot icon wine. Concentrated, muscular but fleshy and finely balanced, this is yet another stand out red wine from one of South Africa’s true first growth estates and should evolve beautifully in the coming years. Drink from 2022-2038+.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95+/100

'All-new French oak & selection of special vineyard parcels show in the fruit intensity, layers of spicing & uber-sleek structure. Sumptuous 2018, like 2016, has a great future. 2017 untasted.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'The Merlot Reserve is a barrel selection from two vineyards on east-facing slopes, both of them planted with an Italian clone. Aged in 100% new wood, it's an ambitious, sumptuous red with big, bold flavours, notes of vanilla spice and chocolate and blackberry and bramble fruit. Drink 2023-30.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 94/100

'Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new. A complex nose with a top note of rose before red and blackberries, olive, chocolate and oak spice. Good fruit density, bright acidity and firm but fine tannins. Has both a succulence and smoothness about it, the finish long and dry.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13.6%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Merlot
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Merlot
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 2.4 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.68
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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