Thursday, April 03, 2014

Thelema wine trade tasting at Dear Me

This was held at Dear Me restaurant in Longmarket Street on Tuesday, 1st April and we tasted through the entire range of Sutherland and Thelema wines. They have some absolute crackers and you will be if you don’t source some of them soon before they sell out. The Thelema 2012 Chardonnay is already sold out although there may be some in good wine shops and you will certainly find in on good wine lists at good restaurants. We think the Thelema Shiraz may well win awards; the Merlot 2010 is probably the best Merlot  we have tasted this year, soft, fruity, with no stalky green notes, and no lactic either. The Thelema Cabernet Sauvigon 2009 is an absolute classic, full of all the forest floor and dark berries one expects. The Mint Cabernet is also one to try, different and good with food, we think, lots of chocolate and mint flavours.. The mint is a characteristic we have always found in Thelema cabs. The Sutherland Viogner Roussanne is excellent, the Sauvignon Blanc a lovely example of what Elgin grapes can do. 
The interior of the restaurant
Welcomed by a glass of a Thelema classic - their 1994 Blanc de Blanc MCC. We had a good bottle, very rich and full of elegant notes of citrus
The trade loves tasting and discussing wine
The Thelema Sutherland wines are distributed by John Collins, seen here with Kyle Martin, one of his representatives
Marketing man Thomas Webb  and Diaan van Zyl
Amanda Visser  wearing the Thelema symbol of the phoenix rising from the fire
Thelema owner and cellarmaster Giles Webb
A stairway to madness?
The menu for Dear Me, photographed by the door under streetlights
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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