Thelema Mountain Vineyards

An icon in the South African wine landscape, Thelema was recently rated one of the world’s top 100 estates. Thelema Mountain Vineyards is a family owned and managed wine estate at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, South Africa. We have two vineyards from two different terroirs in the Cape Winelands.

Wines on offer:

  • Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Thelema Sutherland Un-wooded Chardonnay 
  • Thelema Sutherland Pinot Noir 
  • Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Thelema Chardonnay 
  • Thelema Mountain Red 
  • Thelema Shiraz 
  • Thelema Merlot 
  • Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Thelema Mint Cabernet 
  • Thelema Merlot Reserve 
  • Thelema Rabelias
  • Thelema Riesling Late Harvest

Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 

Prominent aromas of fresh citrus and passion fruit. These follow through on the palate with a lovely long mineral finish. This wine is fragrant and fruity with a dry, zesty finish.

Maturation

Will develop well for 2 years from vintage date.

Food Pairing

An excellent aperitif, and great with delicately flavoured foods.

Winemaker’s Comments

Fragrant aromas of fresh citrus and passion fruit. These follow through on the palate with a lovely long mineral finish.

Thelema Sutherland Un-wooded Chardonnay 

This wine shows pure citrus fruit, creamy oak and a touch of savouriness on the palate with a lovely fresh finish. Showing surprising complexity for such a young wine and will age gracefully.

Maturation

Drinking well, and will develop for 4 more years.

Food Pairing

Mild risottos, chicken salads and seafood dishes.

Winemaker’s Comments

This wine shows pure citrus fruit, creamy oak and a touch of savouriness on the palate with a lovely fresh finish. Showing surprising complexity for such a young wine and will age gracefully.

Thelema Sutherland Pinot Noir 

This Pinot Noir was aged in French oak barrels for 9 months and shows pure strawberry fruit aromas and lovely perfumed spice and earthy characters on the nose. The wine is wonderfully balanced with a long, refined finish.

Maturation

Will continue improving for 5 years.

Food Pairing

Pinot Noir is a great option for food pairings. It pairs well with lightly flavoured dishes like risotto, salmon and mild beef dishes.

Winemaker’s Comments

This Pinot Noir was aged in French oak barrels for 9 months and shows pure strawberry fruit aromas and lovely perfumed spice and earthy characters on the nose. The wine is wonderfully balanced with a long, refined finish.

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 

Unwooded and well-balanced, with fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, and a full zesty palate.

Maturation

Drinking well now, and will develop well for 3 years.

Food Pairing

As an apertif or with delicately flavoured foods like salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.

Winemaker’s Comments

A typical Thelema Sauvignon Blanc – lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, zesty palate, all in perfect balance.

Thelema Chardonnay 

Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

Maturation

Good now, will develop well for 3 years.

Food Pairing

Full flavoured dishes such as lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.

Winemaker’s Comments

This wine has a beautiful light straw colour. Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

Thelema Mountain Red

This wine shows inviting aromas of juicy black fruit, mulberries, plums and hints of warm spice. After spending 18 months in barrel, the palate is soft and juicy with well rounded tannins and a long, delicious finish.

Maturation

Great now, and will improve for 5 years.

Food Pairing

Particularly good with light and medium flavoured meals, such as pizza and braai.

Winemaker’s Comments

This wine shows inviting aromas of juicy black fruit, mulberries, plums and hints of warm spice. After spending 18 months in barrel, the palate is soft and juicy with well rounded tannins and a long, delicious finish.

Thelema Shiraz

Aromatic and inviting, this flavourful Shiraz shows ripe black fruit, cassis and lovely spice on the palate.

Maturation

Will continue to develop for 7 years from vintage.

Food Pairing

Grilled meats, meaty casseroles and mature cheeses.

Winemaker’s Comments

Aromatic and inviting, this flavourful Shiraz shows ripe black fruit, cassis and lovely spice on the palate. Will reward cellaring.

Thelema Merlot 

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

Maturation

WIll develop well for 6 years from vintage date.

Food Pairing

Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

Winemaker’s Comments

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.

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon

The colour is pale, with a beautiful green apple tint. The nose shows fresh green apple, apple blossom, beeswax and fynbos honey notes. The palate is crisp and clean – lemon sorbet-like. There is a great interplay between the naturally retained residual sugar and the acidity. Generally regarded as restrained, it displays typical Riesling ‘nervousness’. The mineral core, which is linked to the shale rich soils in which the vines grow, astounds. It is the reason for the wine structure and the lingering after taste. Perfect hot weather wine – very refreshing.

Thelema Mint Cabernet 

The wine shows a light hay hue in colour and on the nose it reveals great aspects of citrus with some stone fruit and oak notes Tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances are apparent, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes The palate is an exciting combination of crisp citrus fruit with great complexity, concentration The balanced, fresh acidity is natural, and adds focus to the wine.

Thelema Merlot Reserve 

The colour is pale, with a beautiful green apple tint. The nose shows fresh green apple, apple blossom, beeswax and fynbos honey notes. The palate is crisp and clean – lemon sorbet-like. There is a great interplay between the naturally retained residual sugar and the acidity. Generally regarded as restrained, it displays typical Riesling ‘nervousness’. The mineral core, which is linked to the shale rich soils in which the vines grow, astounds. It is the reason for the wine structure and the lingering after taste. Perfect hot weather wine – very refreshing.

Thelema Rabelias

Rabelais is a blend of the best Bordeaux components from our Thelema range from the 2015 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.

Maturation

The carefully selected components of this wine lend themselves perfectly to long term cellaring, 10 – 15 years.

Food Pairing

This complex and full-bodied wine complements beef and game dishes.

Winemaker’s Comments

During our annual vintage review individual barrels are identified and earmarked for the Rabelais blend. Concentrated aromas of dark berries and cedar wood on the nose are complemented by lovely sweet fruit and polished tannins on the palate. The wine finishes long and firm and will reward cellaring.

 

Thelema Riesling Late Harvest

The colour is pale, with a beautiful green apple tint. The nose shows fresh green apple, apple blossom, beeswax and fynbos honey notes. The palate is crisp and clean – lemon sorbet-like. There is a great interplay between the naturally retained residual sugar and the acidity. Generally regarded as restrained, it displays typical Riesling ‘nervousness’. The mineral core, which is linked to the shale rich soils in which the vines grow, astounds. It is the reason for the wine structure and the lingering after taste. Perfect hot weather wine – very refreshing.