This stunning Syrah immediately entices with beautiful aromas of blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and pepper that follow through on the lengthy palate. Balanced tannins and seductive hints of mocha, earth and spice add to the complexity of this single vineyard bottling from Thelema winemaker Rudi Schultz. It was his first taste of top Rhône bottlings that inspired Rudi Schultz, winemaker at the heralded Thelema Mountain Vineyards, to pursue a winemaking career. So when he decided to create an eponymous label, Syrah was the natural varietal of choice. Grapes for Schultz’s dazzling bottling are sourced from a vineyard in the Bottelary Hills ward of Stellenbosch and vinified at Thelema. Hailed as a “small production gem” and a “delicious fruit-driven Syrah” that “maintain[s] a sense of freshness and minerality,” these wines have been hailed by the press as excellent.