2017 - Thelema Mountain Vineyards Rabelais Stellenbosch
18B7THRA6PK _ 2017 - Thelema Mountain Vineyards Rabelais Stellenbosch - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Region
Stellenbosch
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Verdot
Drinking
2021 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
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2017 THELEMA MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS RABELAIS STELLENBOSCH - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Region
Stellenbosch
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Verdot
Drinking
2021 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £329.99 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, October 2020,
    Score: 18.5+

    Forgive me for stealing some text from the Thelema website, but this snippet of history sets the scene for this truly magnificent wine. Here is an edited quote - ‘François Rabelais was a monk, doctor and writer (about wine among other subjects) in sixteenth-century France. He imagined a utopian abbey on the banks of the Loire which admitted both men and women, encouraging them to live together in great luxury. Only one law governed its members: “Fay ce que vouldras” – Do what thou wilt! This was, of course, the Abbey of Thélème.’ Gyles Webb used this name as the inspiration behind his estate on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, which he acquired back in 1983. Rabelais is the name of the top wine here and Gyles’s son Thomas sent me a bottle of this 2017 to taste a few weeks ago. It completely blew my mind. A highly sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Verdot blend, this is the most complex, controlled and intriguing Cabernet blend I have ever tasted from the Cape. Layered and ultra-fine, this is a far cry from the powerhouse reds which usually hog the headlines. Even though it spends 20 months in 100% new French barriques this is one of the most elegant and luxurious wines of the year. I have timed this article to coincide with its arrival from South Africa, so MoneyWeek readers get the steal on everyone else. As Rabelais said, ‘If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks’. The sky seems to have been falling all year and this wine is a rare bird indeed.

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, October 2020,
    Score: 96

    "We're very pleased with this," says Rudi Schultz, and quite right too, as it's a superb Bordeaux blend from one of the very best recent vintages. Made from Cabernet with 13% Petit Verdot, aged in 100% new wood, it's compact, dense and serious, with wonderful concentration, freshness, depth and palate length and layers of inky fruit supported by fine tannins. Superb stuff.

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Producer

Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Region

Stellenbosch

An important region in South Africa, named after the beautiful town at its centre, it is the hub of viticultural activity and learning in the country. Only slightly warmer than Bordeaux, this is an ideal climate for grape growing, and produces many impressive Bordeaux blends, as well as Chenin Blancs.