Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thelema trade wine tasting at Auslese, Hope St, Gardens

The Webb family own both these brands, the Thelema wines are grown on the property at the top of Helshoogte pass in Stellenbosch and the Sutherland wines are grown in Elgin. This was a chance to taste the newly released or soon to be released wines and some of the older wines. Chef Harold Bresselschmidt, the owner of Auslese and Aubergine restaurant supplied some small dishes to pair with 6 of the wines.
Lynne took the photos with her phone, so they are not of the great quality you can expect from John who is a professional photographer. The light in the room was also not great, so we hope you will understand the fuzziness. John was guiding some US visitors from Michigan on a wine tour in Elgin; He took them on a tour to Durbanville in February  and they were so impressed with SA wines that they have returned for another exploration
The Thelema white wines. The Ed's Reserve Chardonnay is superb, the 2013 Chardonnay is another classic. The Riesling has terpenes, great depth and superb fruit
The Sutherland 2010 Syrah so impressed Lynne this week she has immediately ordered a case. Its layers of fruit, structure and balance are extraordinary. This was paired with a red wine couscous topped with an aubergine and rocola involtini (roll)
Winemaker of all the Thelema and Sutherland wines, Rudi Schultz
Sales Manager Michelle van Eeden with the Sutherland wines
Three of the current releases from Sutherland The 2011 elegant Elgin Pinot Noir, the 2010 Syrah and the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot, full of cassis and violets.
The girls from Miles for Style: Yegas Naidoo and Sonja Delport looking for wine for their e commerce site
The wines tasted
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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