91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November 2009
Bright medium yellow. Crystallized lemon peel, peach, nutmeg, minerals and toasty oak on the lively nose. Then minerally, firm and backward, combining lovely grip and a light touch. Quite bracing for a chardonnay from Thelema, due in part to the cooler vintage. With its fresh acidity and strong underlying minerality, this very persistent chardonnay will be interesting to follow for the next several years. (ST)
88 Points | Wine Spectator
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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