Thelema Mountain Vineyards The Mint Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This is the first South African wine that I have reviewed on Grape Observer, and it is a good one.  According to their website, Thelema consists of "157 hectares of land on the slopes of the Simonsberg. The elevation ranges from 370 to 640 metres above sea level of mainly south-facing slopes, making Thelema one of the highest and probably coolest vineyards in the Stellenbosch area."  Upon opening, the wine's aroma was a bit unattractive, but the bottle settled down to reveal spices, mint, boots and capsicum.  The palate though was excellent, with very good length and fruit flavour.  Overall, a very enjoyable, excellent wine.  89 points.  (7.4/10)

Abv: 14%
Price: about A$25 in South Africa for the current vintage (probably around $50 in Australia after taxes)
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
April 2, 2011

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