Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch

£25.50 / bottle
£290.70 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Website Thelema Mountain Vineyards


Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon is the red wine that first brought Thelema to international prominence.

Thelema, or Thelema Mountain Vineyards to give it its full name, was established by Gyles and Barbara Webb in 1983 when, with the backing of Barbara’s parents, they purchased the 62 hectare Thelema farm. A winery was completed five years later, and almost immediately, his wines were among the best the country had to offer. Giles was the original Thelema winemaker but has been cellar master since 2000. He is one of the people who has done his darnedest to accelerate South Africa’s promotion into the top leagues of the wine world. Thelema’s vineyards are located on the highest slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain and range in altitude from 370m to 640m above sea level. The vineyards are mostly south facing and this, combined with the height, makes their vineyards some of the coolest and most desirable in the cape.

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from selected parcels of vines planted between 1998 and 1999 in Hutton soils (decomposed granite) at a density of 3200 vines per ha. Vineyard practices include vertical hedge trellising, pruning to 2 bud spurs every 15cm and supplementary drip irrigation. The grapes are harvested by hand and were de-stalked and the berries hand sorted before crushing and fermenting (with natural yeasts) in stainless steel tanks. Pump overs were performed for 6 days before a further maceration of 5 days. After pressing, the wine was then racked to 50% new French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 20 months ageing.

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon is suitable for vegetarians.

Tasting Notes

Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and stylish wine with aromas of ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate and pencil shavings. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.

Food Pairing

An excellent partner to dishes like roast turkey or try with a fine piece of grilled British beef, especially with a Béarnaise sauce and rocket salad.


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