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Thelema Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
  • WS 91
  • W&S 90
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Winemaker Notes

This robust, Rhône-inspired bottling from the heralded Thelema estate charms with enticing flavors of blackberry, black currant, and pepper and an alluring earthy character. Notes of dark chocolate, toasty oak, and spice carry through on the long finish.

Critical Acclaim

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Richly layered, with suave mocha and cocoa notes running through lush blackberry, fig and raspberry ganache notes. Long, alluring finish is finely grained. Drink now through 2010.

W&S 90
Wine & Spirits

A dark, savory shiraz, this lasts on meaty spice. Its generous fruit is clean and well preserved, feeling fresh. Decant it to bring some oxygen to the tannins, then serve with flank steak, seared rare.


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Thelema, , 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