Thelema’s Sutherland Chardonnay excels at IWC

Produced in the cool climate region of Elgin in the Western Cape, the Sutherland Chardonnay 2012 ranked with some of the world’s best, earning not only a Gold medal at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC), but also walking away with the South African Chardonnay Trophy at the same competition.  The results were announced on the 18th of May 2015.

1. Gyles Webb.  2. Styled photograph: Sutherland Chardonnay 2012.  3. Pack shot: Sutherland Chardonnay 2012
1. Gyles Webb. 2. Styled photograph: Sutherland Chardonnay 2012. 3. Pack shot: Sutherland Chardonnay 2012

Now in its 32nd year the IWC is regarded as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged competition which judges every wine entered blind, judging each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges, and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver and Bronze) as well as Commended and Great Value awards. At the helm of the IWC judges are five chairmen, each of them leaders in their field. They are Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Sam Harrop MW, Peter McCombie MW and Charles Metcalfe. Between them, they taste every single medal-winning wine, ensuring that only the best succeed.

Forming part of the Thelema range, the Sutherland wines are produced from grapes grown on Thelema’s Elgin farm.  This terroir produces wines with excellent aromatics and fruit expression, elegance and fresh acidity. These unique characters allow the Sutherland range to be recognized in a league of their own.

“Elgin is still embryonic with regard to viticulture and we don’t know with any certainty what will do best there.  My view is that Chardonnay shows a lot of promise and is likely to be the best grape variety for the area, says cellar master and legendary Cape Wine trailblazer Gyles Webb.

The Sutherland Chardonnay 2012 has a beautiful light straw colour with hints of green. The nose shows pure marmalade fruit and complex yeasty flavours in a nice harmony with toasty oak. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and finishes long. Ready to drink now, but will reach its full potential in the next four years. The perfect food wine and best enjoyed with mild risottos, chicken salads and seafood dishes. The wine retails for approximately R100.00 per bottle and is available at select outlets nationwide or via

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