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Thelema 'Sutherland' Chardonnay Award Winning

Thelema 'Sutherland' Chardonnay 2015


South Africa

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  • Variety

  • Masterfully understated and nuanced on the nose, with citrus and greengage, sesame oil, flint and a suggestion of oak. Fresh and zesty in the mouth, with a richness that gradually builds on the palate. This is great to drink now, and it will gain further roundness and complexity over the next 3-5 years. Delicious!
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  • When to drink

    Drink now
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  • Style

    Rich & Complex White

Press ReviewPress

95/100 - It is hard to deny the complex nose of struck match reduction on this wine, which mingles with green pears and dusty granitic minerality. Lean and austere, just like a young premier cry Burgundy: super linear with rapier acidity. Serious stuff - I love it.

Greg Sherwood MW Decanter Magazine, April 2017

96/100 - An alluring meaty, aromatic, reductive nose - complex stuff. It is dense, smoky and mineral, as well as long and savoury with tangy acidity. This has lovely focus and a fine, tapering finish. Very classy!

Tim Atkin MWDecanter Magazine, April 2017

96/100 - Struck match complexity comes through to the fore; it is modern and very expressive. A truly fine Chardonnay. Spice and tightly wound richness combines with excellent freshness underpinning the whole. How can this be under £13?! This is where South Africa rules the roost - exceptional, unbeatable value in the mid-price tier.

John Hoskins MWDecanter Magazine, April 2017


Chardonnay clones CY 270, CY 548A, CY 95/96 and 277D, grafted to Richter 110 and 101 – 14 Mgt rootstock and planted on Tukulu soil at a density of 2300 – 2500 vines per hectare. Vines planted in August 2004. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 228 L French oak barrels. The wine spends 10 months on its gross fermentation lees, with the lees being stirred on a regular basis. Yeast : Davis 522. Fermented at 15 degrees Celcius.

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