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2012 Thelema Mountain Vineyards Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

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It’s rare to see a South African wine on these shores but apart from playing bloody good rugby, the South Africans are also pretty handy at making wine. This comes from the Stellenbosch, one of the prettiest wine regions in SA where constant sunshine and cool nights have imparted some magic into this Cabernet. Like watching the Springboks do a set piece, this is complex and stylish yet not as bruising as being in a scrum with John Smit. Bags of character here and it finishes long and firm like a full-time drop goal and is just as winning.

Winemaker's Notes

Complex and stylish, with aromas of ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate and pencil shavings. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.

Vintage: Dry season with cool weather during the ripening period resulting in ideal conditions for production of elegant, well balanced wines.

Winemaking Practices: De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into stainless steel tanks, pumped over for 8 days, left for 3 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation. 18 months in barrel. 45% new French oak, balance in older barrels.

Food Pairing: A perfect accompaniment to grilled beef, especially with a Béarnaise sauce and rocket salad.

Maturation: Already drinking well, and will develop for 8 years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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