Ernie Els, Major Series Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2017South Africa, Stellenbosch
'92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 40% new. Aromatics of blue and black fruit, some attractive herbal character plus oak spice. Very rich and full yet still wonderfully detailed on the palate – this has a dense core of fruit to with smooth tannins and makes a big impression.' – Winemag Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2020, Top 10
'Famous South African golfer Ernie Els retains a share in this winery but it is now predominantly German-owned, with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon set to be a particular focus. This vintage (8% Petit Verdot) combines fruit power with detail. Aromatics of blue and black fruit, some attractive herbal character plus oak spice on a plush and smooth-textured palate. Drinking Window 2020 - 2027.' – Decanter, 95/100
'Lovely rich fruit depth in 2017 with dark spice & cedar overlay, fine-grained tannins & restrained oaking, just 10% new. A dab of petit verdot adds complexity & gravitas. Delicious now but without doubt a keeper.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)
'92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot. Matured for 17 months in French oak, 30% new. A deep and compelling nose of cassis, some leafiness, sea breeze and a touch of boot polish. The palate meanwhile is lean but not too lean, grippy but not too grippy – really nicely observed on the part of the winemaking team.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 92/100
'Red berry fruits billow from the glass with classic cigar notes over elegant crushed dried herbs, black cherry and ripe plums with red cherry freshness. The entry is inviting, fresh with a vibrant youthful energy of bouncy red fruit and an earthy undertow. The tannins are still tight, medium bodied and fresh expressing the crystalline character of the 2017 vintage. As the wine evolves in the glass there is an attractive tension between red and black fruit with a hint of liquorice over a linear focused and dry finish.' – Winemaker
Alc: 14.4% | RS: 3.2 g/L
About Ernie Els Wines:
Ernie Els Wines is located in Stellenbosch on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The Winery was officially opened in 2004, however the first vintage of the Ernie Els Signature was 2000. With award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom, they focus on red wines, in particular Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.2 g/L|
|Blend information||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Rating||WM Top 10|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Ernie Els Wines is located in Stellenbosch on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The Winery was officially opened in 2004, however the first vintage of the Ernie Els Signature was 2000. With award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom, they focus on red wines, in particular Cabernet Sauvignon.|
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