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Thelema Riesling 2018

Thelema Riesling 2018

R160,00

Made in off dry style, with delicious lemon fruit, hints of stony minerality, citrus blossom and a clean, crisp finish. The wine shows a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity.

Specifications

SKU: THE-010
Alcohol Volume: 14.5 %
Sugar G/L: 5.7 g/l
Type of wine: White Wine
Cultivar: Riesling
Food Pairing: Salads, Seafood, Vegetables

More Information

In the cellar

The grapes were gently de-stemmed, pumped through our mash cooler, (Glycol set at 5°C) to cool the fruit down, receives a dose of pectolytic enzymes as well as a small amount of SO2 to aid in the juice clarification process, prevent oxidation and spontaneous fermentations. Overnight skin contact to aid in the de-juicing process, the grapes are then pressed first thing in the morning. Juice clarification takes place via cold settling, the juice is allowed to settle overnight, then racked to its fermentation tank early the following morning. We inoculate with a commercial yeast strain, the ferment runs at 14°C, to maintain a progressive yet stable fermentation curve. The resultant wine is left on its gross lees for 6 months after which we rack it and add a light fining to clean them up a bit for evaluation after which it is bottled.

In the vineyard

A warm, dry vintage with a late start, resulted in smaller tonnage but yielding balanced, well structured wines with lovely intensity.

Ageing

Made to be enjoyed now, however, can be aged for 7 to 10 years from vintage if stored in the correct conditions.

Cultivar

100% Reisling

Food Pairing

An excellent aperitif. Also with salads, chicken and mildly spicy dishes.

Awards and Recognition

4.5 STARS - PLATTER'S WINE GUIDE 2022

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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