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Thelema Blanc de Blancs 2012

March 21, 2016
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments
Thelema Blanc de Blancs 2012

Crisp.

There was a time when Méthode Cap Classique was the preserve of a few specialists but now just about every self-respecting cellar feels compelled to have one in the range and Thelema in Stellenbosch is no different.

From 100% Elgin Chardonnay, it was left on the lees for 28 months. The nose shows a hint of reduction, before citrus and green apple plus a subtle yeasty note. The palate meanwhile is lean and understated with bright acidity and a fine mousse – best drunk as an invigorating aperitif. Price: R170 a bottle.

#WinemagRating: 89/100.

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  1. jonnieMarch 21, 2016 at 11:22 amReply

    HI Christian,

    Could you please advise what ‘ The nose shows a hint of reduction’ means.

    thanks.

    • ChristianMarch 21, 2016 at 12:54 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Jonnie, It’s complicated but “reduction” is basically shorthand for “smelly sulphur compounds”. Think “burnt matchstick” or “gunsmoke”.

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