Thelema Shiraz 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Rich and robust, this exuberant charmer shows ripe black fruit and spice, with a lovely toasty finish. Full bodied. Will reward cellaring.
"Nicely rendered, with a powerful core of dark plum and crushed currant fruit held in check by lots of graphite, espresso and roasted earth. A dark undertow moves through the finish. Needs to settle in a bit, but there's plenty here. Best from 2012 through 2014. 56 cases imported."
"Balanced and complex with herbal aromas of forest floor and sweet smoke married to the dense fruity core of black cherry, blueberry and juicy black plum. The organic dark fruit flavors continue on to dominate the satiny mouth, while a black pepper and espresso flavor unfolds on the finish."
"Good full red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of wild blueberry and licorice lifted by flowers and pepper. At once dense and juicy, with a restrained sweetness to its intense berry and pepper flavors. Shows a hint of meat but this is not a particularly animal style of shiraz. Bright acidity and a deep spice character give the wine energy and aromatic persistence."
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In 1983, Gyles Webb and his wife's family purchased a run-down fruit farm at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, where they established Thelema Mountain Vineyards. At a time when the South African wine scene was focused on quantity rather than quality, Webb was a trailblazing pioneer on a mission to craft world-class wines. Construction began on the winery in 1987,...
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Learn About South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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