Thelema Rabelais 2018
"another spectacular wine, it took my breath away...a highly sophisticated wine with layer upon layer of stunning fruit. Do not miss out on this wine." Matthew Jukes
Thelema's 2018 Rabelais is a wonderful Bordeaux-inspired red crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
Thelema Mountain Vineyards was established by Gyles Webb, wife Barbara and her McLean clan in the 1980s from a former Simonsberg fruit farm. The estate is named after a Loire abbey, Thelema, which was built by a16th-century physician, writer and philosopher Francois Rabelais; hence the name behind this fabuolus red. The estate's wines, crafted from fruit grown amongst Stellenboschs highest vineyards, balance the richness and elegance of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone. Gyles oversees the winemaking and vineyards, with long-term support from winemaker Rudi Schultz, while son Thomas takes care of business.
“…another spectacular wine…it took my breath away and I have been waiting patiently to alert you to it. With a slightly more honed and tempered approach than the intensely flavoured 2017, this is a highly sophisticated wine with layer upon layer of stunning fruit. Do not miss out on this wine. The balance is so sublime that you can drink it today, but I venture it will run for a decade and more with ease!” Matthew Jukes
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.