Distinguished Stellenbosch estate Thelema makes it a mission to stay on the vanguard of quality South African wine. The 2016 Shiraz continues in the same vein with polished, robust red fruit flavors, bell pepper notes, and a smooth finish. Now discounted 56%, it's an inspired red to accompany your next Ethiopian platter or pulled pork sandwich.
Member Rating: 90
|Unit Size||750.00 ML
By Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Thelema Shiraz 2016
Aromatic and inviting, this flavourful Shiraz shows ripe black fruit, cassis, and lovely spice on the palate.
Maturation: Will continue to develop for seven years from vintage
Food Pairing: Grilled meats, meaty casseroles, and mature cheeses
Variety: Shiraz, clone SH99/SH9C/SH1A
Rootstock: 101 - 14, R110
Soil Type: Hutton - decomposed granite
Vine Age: Planted 2000 and 2001
Plant Density: 2,300-3,200 vines per hectare
Trellising: VSP and Guyot
Pruning: 2-bud spurs every 12cm and cane pruning
Yield: Approximately 9.50 t/ha
Irrigation: Supplementary drip
Vintage and Harvest
Vintage: A cool start to the season but warmed up during the peak harvesting period. Very little rain during harvest, resulting in good, healthy fruit.
Picking Date: 24th February 2016
Grape Sugar: 24.40 degrees B
pH at Harvest: 3.65
Yeasts: Enoferm Syrah/NT2020/WE372
Fermentation Temperature: 27 degrees C
Method: De-stalked, crushed, pumped into stainless steel tanks, pumped over for six days, left for two days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood Maturation: 18 months in barrel
Residual Sugar: 1.80 g/l
Total Acid: 5.60 g/l
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Thelema Shiraz 2016
Drinking Window: 2021-26
The Stellenbosch counterpoint to the cooler climate Sutherland Syrah, this mostly comes from vineyards on the Simonsberg. Dense, taut and savoury, with 10% whole bunches providing some freshness and spice and glossy [...] new oak.
Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Thelema Shiraz 2016 Stellenbosch
Producer: Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Grape variety: Shiraz
Country: South Africa
When to drink: 2020 – 2026
Published on: 8 Oct 2020
Date tasted: 26 Sep 2020
Reviewer: Jancis Robinson
Vines (clones SH99/SH9C/SH1A) planted 2000 and 2001 on Hutton decomposed granite. Picked 24 February. Yield 9.5 t/ha. Destalked, crushed, pumped into tank, pumped over for six days, left for two days before pressing, racked to barrel for malo. Aged 18 months in French oak barrel, 30% new. Bone dry. TA 5.6 g/l.
Mid crimson. Some light Syrah element on the nose. This is so far from the sweet, alcoholic Shiraz paradigm, I think it should be renamed Syrah. Appetising and awfully well-mannered. Dry, appetising finish. None of the light, sweet coffee elements that can be found in some other South African Syrahs. A gentle, discursive wine wending its own way … really rather admirable.