Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

9.06 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

We had this with Oxtail dinner at Rattray’s in Mala Mala last night.

Not my usual detailed notes. This is ripe & lush like the Nederburg but with more complexity.

The palate showed ripe and slightly candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and a hint of blue fruits. Nice softly layered baking spices, dark chocolate, mocha, rich, dark soils, some dry top, well done granitic minerals and fresh red and dark florals. The acidity round & beautiful. The finish, ripe, lush, well balanced & polished. Good QPR here.

Photos of, today’s Mala Mala sunrise, baby calf elephant along with the nearly 40 in the herd and a total of over 100 Elephants seen today, playful male dominance of the Giraffe’s intertwining and smacking necks/mid section and the grand prize, male spotted Leopard. An amazing finish to our last day.

We had this with Oxtail dinner at Rattray’s in Mala Mala last night.

Not my usual detailed notes. This is ripe & lush like the Nederburg but with more complexity.

The palate showed ripe and slightly candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and a hint of blue fruits. Nice softly layered baking spices, dark chocolate, mocha, rich, dark soils, some dry top, well done granitic minerals and fresh red and dark florals. The acidity round & beautiful. The finish, ripe, lush, well balanced & polished. Good QPR here.

Photos of, today’s Mala Mala sunrise, baby calf elephant along with the nearly 40 in the herd and a total of over 100 Elephants seen today, playful male dominance of the Giraffe’s intertwining and smacking necks/mid section and the grand prize, male spotted Leopard. An amazing finish to our last day.

1 person found it helpfulMay 1st, 2019
Stuart Pollack

Well-made, but too strong. Perhaps this wine will be ready to drink in 5 years. Very acidic finish, with a bold powerful start.

Well-made, but too strong. Perhaps this wine will be ready to drink in 5 years. Very acidic finish, with a bold powerful start.

Nov 11th, 2018
Paul Jakubowski

Good restaurant value with excellent nose. Lacked structure and complexity and was more merlot like than a cab. Nice texture and easy drinking, but I would say fairly average quality. Did go nice with our Bavette and Brownie! South Africa is making great strides!

Good restaurant value with excellent nose. Lacked structure and complexity and was more merlot like than a cab. Nice texture and easy drinking, but I would say fairly average quality. Did go nice with our Bavette and Brownie! South Africa is making great strides!

Aug 17th, 2018
J Sharma

J had this a year ago

J had this a year ago

Jan 18th, 2019
J Sharma

J had this a year ago

J had this a year ago

Dec 27th, 2018
G D
9.0

G had this 2 years ago

G had this 2 years ago

Jan 7th, 2018
Sonia Kopp

Sonia had this 8 months ago

Sonia had this 8 months ago

Jul 31st, 2019