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Everyday Wines
(734) 827-9463
407 North 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Morgan & York
(734) 662-0798
1924 Packard Street
Ann Arbor, MI
 
The Heidelberg
(734) 663-7758
215 N Main St
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Falsetta's Market
(734) 971-1220
2200 Pittsfield Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Beer Depot
(734) 623-4430
114 East William St.
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Ashley's Restaurant & Pub
(734) 996-9191
338 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Main Party Store
(734) 769-1515
201 North Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Hiller's Market
(734) 677-2370
3615 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Conor O'Neills Traditional Irish Pub
(734) 665-2968
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Red Hawk Bar & Grill
(734) 994-4004
316 South State
Ann Arbor, MI
 

Thelema: Consistent Quality from Mountain Vineyards

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No Wimpy WinesThelema Mountain Vineyards is famous for rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a distinctive mint note. Thomas Webb recently arranged a vertical tasting of Cabernet for us at the vineyard with winemaker Rudi Schultz, who shares winemaking duties with proprietor and cellarmaster Gyles Webb, who gained experience making wine at Heitz in California in the 1980s before starting his own winery. Thelema is a 157 ha family estate just 6 km from Stellenbosch on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. With mostly south-facing vineyards at altitudes ranging from 370 to 640 m, it is one of the coolest and highest altitude growing sites in the Stellenbosch region. It is a beautiful place, both for growing grapes and for admiring the stunning views of the Drakenstein and Jonekershoek mountains. In 2000, Thelema added the cool-climate Sutherland estate located in Elgin to its properties. The U.S. importer is Cape Classics of New York.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet is what Thelema does best, and despite the arrival in recent years of several high-priced, flashy competitors, Thelema Cabernet it still the benchmark for South Africa. We tasted three vintages—2007, 2001, and 1997—at the winery, but over the years we’ve tasted many other vintages. Irrespective of vintage and age, there is a consistent house style that is very attractive—stylish and sleek with firm, ripe tannins and great balance with rich cassis, cocoa, and, of course, notes of mint. The mint comes from the eucalyptus oil that blows onto the vines from the row of trees visible at the back of the vineyard. Beginning in 2004 Thelema began bottling Cabernet from the eucalyptus-affected block separately. Both the regular and “mint” bottlings are firmly tannic, and, as our tasting shows, the wines can easily age for well over a decade.

Thelema 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch ($41) 91+

One expects richness and complexity from a Thelema Cabernet, and the just-released 2007 vintage doesn’t disappoint. Dark ruby in color, cedar fruit, cassis and dark plum show on the nose. There’s beautiful purity of fruit on the palate with chalky, ripe tannins and a lovely long finish with dark chocolate notes. The grapes are destalked, hand-sorted, and the wines spends 18 months in 40% new oak. A superb wine!

Thelema 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon The Mint Stellenbosch ($41) 91+

From a vineyard plated in 1985 with a border of eucalyptus trees that lends an attractive eucalpytus oil/mint note to the wine. There’s dark fruit, chocolate, cedar, and mint herbs on the nose and roundly textured palate. Spends 18 months in French oak, 40% new, and it’s beautifully integrated. Very attractive and perfect for lamb!

Thelema 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch

This is a dark garnet ruby wine from a good, even vintage. It shows earthy complexity, cedar and plum fruit on the nose and a lush palate of rich black and red fruit. Ready to drink now, but th...

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Wine 'Doggy Bag' Regulations in Michigan

Public Act 21 (2005) allows an unfinished bottle of wine to be removed from a licensee if the wine was purchased with a meal and re-corked level with the lip of the bottle. (see note 2)