Two mountain slopes next to Thelema’s neighbour, Tokara, supply the fruit for this impressive Cabernet, which expresses everything that’s good about the 2017 vintage. Dense, sinewy and refreshing, with a youthful core of cassis and dried herbs and underlying minerality. 2022-29 92/100 Tim Atkin MW
Forceful South African Cabernet, full of black cherry, blackcurrant and chocolate on a background of warm, toasty oak, freshened by a breath of mint.
Harvest was carried out by hand. The bunches were de-stalked, and the berries hand sorted before crushing and fermenting in stainless steel tanks. Pump-overs were performed for 6 days before a further maceration of 5 days. After pressing, the wine was then racked to 50% new French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 20 months of ageing.
Sourced from selected parcels planted between 1998 and 1999 in Hutton soils (decomposed granite) at a density of 3200 vines per ha. Vineyard practices include vertical hedge trellising, pruning to 2 bud spurs every 15cm and supplementary drip irrigation.
The intense berry fruit in this wine make it an excellent partner to dishes like roast turkey or try with a fine piece of British beef.
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