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Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
  • RP 91
  • WE 91
  • WS 90
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Winemaker Notes

This age-worthy Cabernet from the heralded Thelema estate is a benchmark South African bottling with an impressive track record. Sleek and stylish, this wine abounds with alluring flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant intertwined with complex notes of coffee, cedar, tobacco and eucalyptus.

Critical Acclaim

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

In complete contrast, I feel that Thelema is far more adept with that other noble Bordeaux variety. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 18 months in 45% new oak and has a very succinct nose of ripe red berries, wild hedgerow and a touch of cedar all with very fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins. It has good acidity and a lovely caressing, ironically Saint Emilion-like finish. This is a superb Cabernet Sauvignon drinking beautifully now. Drink now-2016.

WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

There's a prominent herbal streak to the nose of this wine, but it's not jarring thanks to the suport of rich black cherry and black currant fruit core. The savory herbs, menthol and licorice herbaceousness continues through to the palate, where again it's matched by equally intense dark fruit flavors and a mouthwatering finish. Silky wood-spice accents the long finish. Drink now - 2014.

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WS 90
Wine Spectator

A supple, old-school style, with an alluring mint note leading the way for mulled plum, fig and spice notes, followed by a suave cocoa powder hint on the finish. Stylish, but has the stuffing to age nicely. Drink now through 2014. 400 cases imported.


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Thelema, South Africa, South Africa
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... View More