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Thelema Merlot 2019

Thelema Merlot 2019


The wine shows bright, red fruit and hints of spice on the nose, with concentrated flavours on the palate and soft, polished tannins. Hints of dark chocolate complete this wonderfully balanced wine.


SKU: THE-003
Alcohol Volume: 13.5%
Sugar G/L: 2.8 g/l
Type of wine: Red Wine
Cultivar: Merlot

More Information

In the cellar

The grapes were gently de-stemmed, retaining as many whole berries as possible, before passing over an additional vibrating table to remove all MOG (matter other than grapes), after which a displacement pump takes the fruit to its fermentation tank. The tanks are then inoculated with a specific commercial yeast strain, this way insuring the development of the perfect flavour profile. Fermentation is done in stainless steel fermenters, and a combination of aerative pump overs and punch down techniques are used to ensure optimal colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Once fermentation is complete the wine is drained off the skins and moved to a holding tank to be barreled down. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrels.

In the vineyard

Cool weather conditions constituted smaller more concentrated berries, leading to wines with great natural acidity and flavour.


This wine can be enjoyed now, however, can be aged for a 5 to 7 years from date of vintage under the correct conditions.



Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with Mushroom risotto, rich pastas and grilled meats.

Awards and Recognition

Platter Wine Guide 2022 - 4 ½ stars / 91 points
Tim Atkin Report 2023 – 95 points

About the Wine Estate

Gyles Webb abandoned his accounting career in Durban to become a winemaker. In 1983, with the help of his wife’s family, the McLean’s, Gyles bought Thelema. The beginning of a family legacy. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. By the mid 90’s Thelema’s wines sold out within a month after release, making it one of the most sought-after wine estates in South Africa. The Webb family describe Thelema as “one of the most beautiful places on earth”. As Thelema in Stellenbosch continued to flourish, Gyles embarked on a search for an additional property in order to establish a second vineyard. In 2002, the Webb family purchased an idyllic farm with an undulating landscape, in the cool Elgin region, creating ideal grape growing conditions.

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