Ernie Els Wines
Ernie Els utilise five different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine, from the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch.
The 2013 Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect reflection of a great Stellenbosch vintage. It has a pitch black core with a deeply rich hue, leading to a nose of vanilla, liquorice and dark berry fruit. A touch of cedar spice adds depth and complexity, all coated by fine, chalky tannins. Brooding in its youth, there is an aristocratic feel to its long, silky and powerful finish.
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The 2013 harvest season started a week later than usual. Prolonged winter conditions continued in some areas up until September, followed by a cool spring which delayed bud burst by 7 to 14 days. The cold, wet weather conditions ensured even bud burst as well as the accumulation of water supplies that would allow the vineyards to cope with the warmer conditions later in the season. Ideal weather conditions during the harvest season prevailed with moderate day-time temperatures, cool evenings and no prolonged spells of rain or heat waves; this all impacted positively on grape quality and established good colour and flavour.
The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were carefully removed before grape bunches were gently destalked and lightly crushed. Fermentation took place in 7-ton, open-top stainless steel tanks. The wines were pumped-over and punched-down manually 5 times per day to ensure maximum colour extraction from the skins. After primary fermentation the maceration period was 10 – 16 days before pressing. Aged for 18 months in 300 litre American oak barrels (80% new).
Veritas 2015: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.
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