Gyles Webb bought Thelema, a charming dilapidated fruit farm, in 1983 with the help of his wife’s family. Fruit orchards were pulled out and vines were planted. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. The terroir of the area in combination with Gyles Webb’s wine making style result in flavourful, flamboyant, complex and long-lasting wines with a distinctive South African character. In 2000, Gyles moved into the role of cellar master and handed over the winemaking duties to the talented Rudi Schultz.
2015 was a very hot and dry vintage that resulted in an early start to the picking and different varieties ripening at the same time. All the components in this wine spent 18 months maturing in 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels. Grapes were selected from their younger vineyards for this fruit-driven yet complex wine.
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. This wine is particularly good with light and medium flavoured meals, such as pizza and barbecues.