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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Thelema Shiraz 2005
Thelema Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 98499)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This robust, Rhône-inspired bottling from the heralded Thelema estate charms with enticing flavors of blackberry, black currant, and pepper and an alluring earthy character. Notes of dark chocolate, toasty oak, and spice carry through on the long finish.

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About Thelema Mountain Vineyards:

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, and Thelema produced its first vintage in 1988. Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg, Thelema occupies mainly south-facing aspects that afford spectacular views of the Simonsberg, Drankenstein and Jonkershoek mountains. Elevations ranging from 370 to 640 meters above sea-level make the 157-hectare estate one of the coolest and highest wine farms in Stellenbosch.