2019 Thelema Chardonnay
Thelema Mountain Vineyards is located on the southeastern side of the Simonsberg, with vineyards at an altitude of 530 meters above sea level. These are considered some of the highest elevations in Stellenbosch - the high elevation and soil profile are ideal for the production of premium wine grapes. Thelema believes that the quality of the grapes is the single most important factor in making a serious premium wine.
After manual picking, the chardonnay grapes are destemmed, crushed, pressed and settled in stainless steel tanks. The juice was fermented in French oak barrels of 228 liters with a wood aging of 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new, and the rest in 3rd/4th fill. The Thelema Chardonnay is everything you could wish for: aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit with complex but integrated yeasty and toasty oak notes. The taste is medium bodied, with a beautiful long finish.
"Thelema have been making good Cape Chardonnays for as long as I can remember, although the style has shifted a little over the years. This is wonderfully fresh and focused, with a dollop of cream from partial malolactic, wet stone intensity, subtle wood and understated concentration..." 94 points Tim Atkin Report 2022
Platter Wine Guide 2023 - 4 ½ stars / 92 points
Tim Atkin Report 2022 – 94 points
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022 – 91 points
International Wine Challenge 2022 – Gold Medal / 95 points
FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this fine wine. We will automatically send it to you when you order this wine. The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you come to pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount. We are almost next to the national road with plenty of parking space. Click here for address
Thelema Mountain Vineyards is situated on the South Easterly side of the Simonsberg Mountain, with vineyards sitting at elevations of 530m above sea level. These are considered to be some of the highest elevations in Stellenbosch - the high altitude and soil profile are ideal for premium wine grape production.
Thelema believes that the single most important factor of making a serious premium wine is the quality of the grapes.
Sutherland Vineyards is the sister company of Thelema Mountain Vineyards, with the vineyards located in Elgin. The wines are a true expression of the cool-climate conditions that make Elgin world renowned.
The Elgin Valley, positioned 70km southeast of Cape Town in the Overberg area, is uniquely situated on an elevated plateau, enveloped by four mountain ranges.
Sutherland Vineyards, located merely 9km from the Atlantic Ocean, at altitudes ranging from 140 to 250m above sea level, benefit from the nearby ocean, creating optimal cool climate conditions. Warm sunny days are complemented by cool nights, creating the ideal conditions for wine grape growing.
The wines are characterised by their linear, accessible, and contemporary qualities. The essence of Thelema runs through to that of Sutherland - both Thelema Mountain Vineyards and Sutherland Vineyards mirror one another. Sutherland wines are crafted and bottled at Thelema Mountain Vineyards in Stellenbosch.
|Type of Wine
|Thelema Mountain Vineyards
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch