Thelema Rabelais 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'Even better than the 2017 release - and that’s saying a lot - this is one of my wines of the year. Aged in new French oak, it's a superb, beautifully delineated blend of Simonsberg Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, which has replaced the Merlot and Cabernet Franc of old. Graphite, green herb and coffee bean oak aromas segue into a palate with fine-grained tannins, fresh acidity and haunting balance. Drink 2025-35.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 98/100

'Rabelais is a blend of the best Bordeaux components from our Thelema range from the 2019 vintage. The wine shows concentrated aromas of dark berries, hints of mocha and cedar wood on the nose. The palate has lovely sweet fruit notes, polished tannins and a long, refined finish.' - Winemaker
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Condition New
Winemaker Rudi Schultz
Alcohol 14.5%
Body Medium to full-bodied
Blend information 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petit Verdot
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating TA 98
Technical analysis RS: 1.6 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.62
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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