We tasted a few wines from South Africa at our last wine meeting and two of them were simply breath-taking. Both of them are imported by Cape Classics to the United States and became our instant candidates for savvy-customer case purchases. Gyles Webb purchased a fruit farm in 1983 and quickly began to turn it into a vineyard located at Helshoogte Pass, one of the highest points in Stellenbosch, between 400-700 feet – a cool climate perfect for viticulture. In the 1990s the winery attained a cult following and bottles became hard to find. To keep the winery’s name on wine lists and on store shelves, Gyles and his family created a new wine. This new label is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (The percentages are on the back label.) Aged in older oak for eighteen months with a minimum of fining and filtration, this wine deftly balances spice, black currant and plum flavors in a manner more commonly found in wines twice the price. It is simply outstanding. Speaking of outstanding: go to their website www.thelema.co.za. It is one of the best we have seen.