Ernie Els Proprietors Blend
Platter 4.5 Stars
2016 Sommerliers Selection Award Winner (Rich Reds)
Laurium Capital Signature Red Blends Awards: 91 Points
Tim Atkin 91 Points
A long time favourite of mine. I prefer this wine to Ernie's Signature blend at twice the price!
Initial vineyard growth was slow due to late cold fronts experienced during August 2013 followed by cool, wet weather at the start of the growing season leading to relatively high incidence of disease. Mid-November rainfall further hampered effective disease control by creating challenging spraying conditions and limiting access to the vineyards. As a result, downy mildew led to crop losses early on in the season in some of our red wine areas. Thereafter, favourable climatic conditions improved for flowering and good berry set ensued. The high rainfall in mid-November did however spark vigorous growth which required extra input to ensure superior grape quality and disease prevention through good canopy aeration and sunlight exposure. Widespread rainfall during early January increased pressure on viticulturists due to the threat of disease and even further rot. Ideal dry and moderate conditions reigned during ripening in January and mid-February after which a warm period accelerated ripening and resulted in great pressure on harvest intakes. The wine potential looks promising in terms of quality. Moderate weather conditions during the harvest season contributed to intense red wines.
About The Vineyard
The Proprietor’s Blend is a blend of all the six varieties cultivated on the property. These vineyards grow on the warm north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. All six varieties thrive under these conditions and deliver rich, full-bodied red wines. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level and the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean just 15 kilometres away, the ripening period is extended by up to 3 weeks.
Dates: March & April, 2014. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest.
Cooperage: Aged for 18 months – 70% in 300 litre French Oak barrels & 30% in 300 litre American Oak Barrels (50% new)
Production: 3 330 x 6 x 750ml cases
Sustainability Initiative: I.P.W. (Integrated Production of Wine) Certified
|Winery status||Large privately owned winery|
|Annual production||20,000 bottles|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Shiraz 20%, Merlot 5%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 5%, Petit Verdot 5%|
|Product awards||Platter 4.5 Stars, 2016 Sommerliers Selection Award Winner (Rich Reds), Laurium Capital Signature Red Blends Awards: 91 Points, Tim Atkin 91 Points|
|Style||Rich and smooth|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|