Thelema Stellenbosch Merlot

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Thelema Stellenbosch Merlot

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Tasting Note

Deep, brooding purple in colour with some brick red highlights. The nose has pretty red-fruit characters with some hints of spices such as cinnamon and liquorice. The palate is juicy, broad and ripe, packed with red and black berry fruits, a firm, well integrated oaky structure and a bold, well defined finish which makes it a great food wine.

Product Information

  • Red Wine

  • Red - Smooth, Medium Bodied

  • Thelema

  • Gyles Webb, Rudi Schultz

  • South Africa

  • Stellenbosch

  • Merlot

  • 2016

  • Drink now or keep for 2-3 years

  • 75cl

  • Cork

  • 15%

  • 1.7g/l

  • 5.2g/l


Sourced from established vines which were planted in 1988 in Hutton soils (decomposed granite) at a density of 3200 vines per ha. Vineyard practices include vertical hedge trellising, spur pruning to 2 buds every 12cms and supplementary drip irrigation. Harvesting was by hand from 19th February to 11th March and yielded 7t/ha. The whole bunches were de-stalked, hand sorted and crushed into stainless steel tanks where fermentation took place at 28 degrees C with pump overs for 6 days and a further 5 days maceration followed by 100% malo-lactic fermentation and pressing into 30% new French barriques where ageing was for 20 months before bottling..

Food Recommendation

This lighter and more elegant style of Merlot is ideal with more delicate game dishes or with lamb


  • This 50% new oak-aged Merlot is a thing of wonder: plush, balanced and self-assured with flavours of chocolate, vanilla spice and dark berries, a hint of green herbs and layered tannins. Long and very complex with impressive elegance for the vintage. 2020-30
    Scored 93/100

    • 2019 South African - Special Report
    • Tim Atkin MW

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Our free in-store collection service is available on via our website, or can be arranged by calling us on 01225 322810. Orders will be available for collection from the Great Western Wine Shop, Unit 3-4, Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AP only. Please be aware handling time can be up to 48 hours (business hours) from point of ordering. You will be notified by the Customer Service team when your order is ready for collection. When collecting your order, please ensure you bring a valid photo ID, card used for payment along with a copy of your order. This can be a printed copy or you can show a copy of the email confirmation on your phone or tablet. If you are unable to collect your order within 30 days of purchase, your order will be cancelled and payment refunded.

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