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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Thelema Sutherland Chardonnay 2008
Thelema Sutherland Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108846)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Located in Elgin, a cool coastal region quickly gaining a reputation for complex, minerally whites, the Sutherland property is owned and farmed by the heralded Thelema Mountain Vineyards. The wines are vinified at Thelema's Stellenbosch property. This bright, vibrant bottling combines fresh citrus and stone fruit flavors with a subtle toasty oak component. It should age gracefully over the next several years.
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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.