While Thelema in Stellenbosch kept flourishing, its owner, Gyles Webb felt it was time for a new challenge. He embarked on a search for the right property and terroir for a second vineyard. In 2002, the Webb family purchased an idyllic apple farm in the cool coastal region of Elgin. Shortly after, the 100ha property was converted into vines, beginning with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with more varietals being planted over time. And so, Sutherland Vineyards was born. All Sutherland wines are bottled and produced at the Thelema estate in Stellenbosch.
A wet start to the season delayed the harvest in 2015 and put extra pressure on the cellar. The wines from this vintage show great purity and finesse.
Both the alcoholic and 100% malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was aged for 10 months on gross lees with the lees being stirred every fortnight. The barrels used for winemaking and ageing were 2nd and 3rd fill.
Pretty aromas of sun ripened apricots,peaches and a hint of spring blossoms are so typical of the Sutherland Viognier and Roussanne blend. Ripe summer fruit flavours and good acidity are complimented by this wine's excellent texture and complexity; a perfect accompaniment to mildly spicy dishes such as Thai cuisine.