HOPE • REBIRTH • REALISATION

Welcome to Thembi Wines - a trailblazer wine
company aiming to produce top quality wines
that are accessible to all.


ABOUT 



Thembi Tobie's passion for wine, different cultures, different foods and travel made her venture into wine. She had to develop a palate, acquire the taste, learn everything there is to know about wine. She taught herself by visiting wineries during her spare time to taste wine, buying wine books and enrolling in a wine course.

Thembi & Co was established in 2009, as a joint venture between Thembi & Boland Vineyard International. In 2012 she bought back her shares from Boland and today sells a range of Thembi Fair Trade wines, mainly to the European market.

Thembi's name means hope, faith and belief - hope for a better life, belief that nothing is impossible. ´I believe that charity begins at home, but should not end there. We should be the change that we want to see - we live in a global village, hundreds of tourists visit Cape Town every month.´

But her vision stretches further than merely promoting a brand. For example, it was against the law for black people to drink wine in South Africa during the apartheid years, let alone be in the wine business. This is one of the reasons Thembi joined the wine industry: to make a difference, no matter how small.

Thembi sees herself in the role of educator and wine ambassador for communities with no wine culture. There are an increasing number of women with disposable income and a hunger to try new things.

As an entrepreneur she would like to inspire and empower other young 'up and coming' black women not to give up on their dreams, not to be intimidated by the fact that the wine industry is white and male dominated, but to be able to identify opportunities and thrive on challenges.

In paving the way for other aspiring wine makers, Thembi has been a trailblazer in the wine industry and trusts that her own story of hope, perseverance and self belief will inspire others to follow their dreams.

Watch this TEDx talk Thembi gave at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

THEMBI FAIR TRADE WINES

Mobirise

Thembi Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes
Pale straw colour. Gooseberries and lemongrass on the nose, while the palate offers beautiful passion fruit and other tropical aromas. Just a
touch of green notes to complete a well-balanced wine with excellent expressive varietal characters. Crisp, long succulent finish.

Alcohol:
13.5 %
vol pH: 3.4
RS: 4.0 g/l
Total Acid: 6.2 g/l
Balling: 23* g/l
Yield: 10 ton/H
Appellation: Stellenbosch

In the Vineyard
Soil type: Ferricreet
Irrigation: Drip irrigation
Vineyards: Bush vine against Bottelary Hills; 23 years old with east-west row direction.

In the Cellar
Skin contact only during separation from skins. Settling of juice over night in wine tanks. Removed juice form lees after settling. Juice taken to fermentation tanks to be inoculated with Vin 7, Vin 13 and NT 116 wine yeasts for fermentation. Cold fermentation for 2 -­ 3 weeks at 12° - ­ 14° C temperature.

Food Suggestions 
This wine can be enjoyed on its own, or with a variety of seafood or chicken dishes.

Thembi Chenin Blanc

Thembi Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes
Pale straw colour. Expressive fruit aromas on the nose, following through on the palate. Apple, pineapple and passion fruit, with a touch of guava. Beautifully balanced wine with a complex mouth feel due to extended lees contact, still good natural acidity to give it a crispy finish.

Alcohol:
13.5 %
pH: 3.4
RS: 2.0 g/l
Total Acid: 5.9 g/l
Balling: 23 * g/l
Yield: 9 ton/H
Appellation: Stellenbosch

In the Vineyard
Soil type: Broken granite
Irrigation: Dry land
Vineyards: Bush vine against Bottelary Hills; east-west row direction.

In the Cellar
Skin contact only during separation from skins. Settling of juice over night in wine tanks. Removed juice form lees after settling. Juice taken to fermentation tanks to be inoculated with Vin 7, Vin 13 and NT 116 wine yeasts for fermentation. Cold fermentation for 2 -­ 3 weeks at 12° - 14° C temperature.

Food Suggestions
This wine can be enjoyed on its own, or with a variety of seafood or chicken dishes.

Mobirise

Thembi Shiraz

Tasting Notes
Deep ruby red colour. Ripe fruit on the nose with pronounced aromas of black berry, toasted herb and spicy undertones. Palate is well structured, elegant and beautifully balanced with a touch of well integrated oak aromas supporting the varietal fruit. Soft assertive tannins which completes a medium to full bodied wine.

Alcohol:
13.0%
pH: 3.50
RS: 4.5 g/l
Total Acid: 5.5 g/l
Balling: 25* g/l
Yield: 10 ton/H
Appellation: Stellenbosch

In the Vineyard
Soil type: Cape Hutton and Ferricreet
Irrigation: Drip irrigation
Origin: Stellenbosch
Ward: Bottelary Hills

In the Cellar
Cold soaking period for 48 hours. Fermentation in stainless steel red wine fermenters for approximately 10 days. Aroma and colour extraction via delastage and daily pump overs. Partially aged in 300 litre French and American oak barrel as well as selected premium French and American oak staves for 8 months. Malolactic fermentation completed.

Food Suggestion 
Enjoy on its own or with rack of lamb.

Mobirise

Thembi Pinotage

Tasting Notes
Deep ruby red colour. Ripe fruit on the nose. Pallet shows good balance between ripe berry fruit and well integrated oak aromas, hints of
chocolately, mocca and vanilla aromas derived from a careful selection of oak. Medium to full bodied wine, well­‐structured, rich and supple with elegant tannin and soft finish.

Alcohol:
14 %
pH: 3.55 
RS: 4.5 g/l 
Total Acid: 5.3 g/l
Balling: 25° g/l
Yield: 10 ton/H
Appellation: Stellenbosch

In the Vineyard
Soil type: Hutton/Broken granite
Irrigation: Drip irrigation
Vineyards: Bush wine against Bottelary Hills; east - west row direction

In the Cellar
Cold soaking period for 48 hours. Fermentation in stainless steel red wine fermenters for approximately 5 days. Aroma and colour extraction via delastage and daily pump overs. Partially aged in 300 litre French oak barrel as well as selected premium French oak staves for 8 months. Malolactic fermentation completed.

Food Suggestions 
To be enjoyed with red meat and pasta dishes.

Get in touch

Address

Private Bag X5
Bloubergrant 7741
Cape Town
South Africa

Contact

Email: thembi@thembiwines.co.za             Cell: +27 83 277 5117

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