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Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
  • WS92
  • WE90
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  • RP91
  • W&S91
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  • RP91
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Hailed by Wine Spectator as "one of the Cape's most consistently outstanding wines," Thelema's Cab regularly earns 90+ raves. Complex and stylish, this sleek benchmark bottling abounds with alluring flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant intertwined with notes of coffee, cedar, tobacco, and eucalyptus.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Ripe and focused, with alluring mint and cocoa notes up front, followed by velvety tannins that carry dark currant, warm fig sauce and coffee notes through the long finish. There's impressive latent grip as well. Drink now through 2012.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This classic Cabernet offers alluring aromas of green pepper, mocha, mint and smoke. Flavors of tobacco, smoke and ripe plum are savory and rich, with a lovely fine tannic structure and complex spice character. Lingering spice is another plus. Imported by Cape Classics.
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Thelema, , South Africa
Thelema
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.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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