ERNIE ELS WINES


Wines from the 2012 British Open Champion.

Since its launch more than a decade ago Ernie Els Wines has grown and matured into a successful and multi-award winning enterprise with a magnificent portfolio of six South African red wines. In 2011 we have added two new wines to our portfolio - the Big Easy White and the Cabernet Sauvignon. Ernie himself is passionate about wine and is very much involved in the tasting process. In partnership with experienced winemaker Louis Strydom their shared passion for wine is reflected in the quality of the product right across the price ranges.

The flagship Ernie Els is a signature Bordeaux style blend of all five varieties. Engelbrecht Els Vineyards is a Proprietor's Blend combining Ernie's Bordeaux style pallet and former business partner Jean Engelbrecht's love for Shiraz. Cirrus is a joint venture Jean pioneered with the Duncan family of Napa, California.

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2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

+779605 · 12x750ml

100% Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc explodes on the nose with guava, lime, kiwi fruit and gooseberries. A rather concentrated vintage with a tangy acidity, there is good contrast of tropical fruit and a pebbly texture. Hints of green pepper and figs offer complexity to fruit pastels on a long, soft finish. An exotic wine that already shows its rainbow of bright colours.

STATUS: OPEN
jp: 3.5*
CURRENT VINTAGE [PDF] | past vintages [pdf]

 
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2017 BIG EASY WHITE

+748655 · 12x750ml

100% Chenin Blanc. This Big Easy is 100% Chenin Blanc and shimmering in 2017. It shows early promise of another fine Cape vintage that offers elegant ripeness and fine freshness. It is dominated by richly textured, pure fruit of apricots, pineapple and granny smith. More classical notes of lanolin and wet earth lay underneath, adding further complexity and layers. A hint of spice and citrus acidity brings on a long and lively finish.

STATUS: OPEN
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2016 BIG EASY

+755116 · 12x750ml

61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 4% Cinsaut, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Viognier. A melange of ripe Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is layered with waves of Grenache, Cinsaut, Mourvèdre and a touch of Viognier. Quite perfumed and fittingly complex, the palate is lined with chocolate, spice and confectionery cherries. A peppery nuance adds further character, all framed by a fine structure and juicy core. Ready to drink, its long chalky finish will assist its 5 years ageing potential.

STATUS: OPEN
CURRENT VINTAGE [PDF] | PAST VINTAGES [PDF]

 

SCORING LEGEND

AG || Anthony Gismondi, CAN
BC || Bob Campbell, NZ
CG || Connoisseaurs' GCW
DC || Decanter Magazine
GP || Guia Penin, Spain
HH || Huon Hooke, AUS
JH || James Halliday, AUS
JS || James Suckling
JR || Jancis Robinson
JO || Jeremy Oliver, AUS
JP || John Platter, S. Africa
JSc || John Schreiner, CAN
MC || Michael Cooper, NZ
NMc || Natalie MacLean
NM || Neal Martin
RP || Parker/Wine Advocate
PP || Prince of Pinot
RJ || Ray Jordan, AUS
RR || Rhone Report
ST || Stephen Tanzer
TP || Tasting Panel
TI || Testing Institute
TA || Tim Atkin MW
VI || Vinous
W&S || Wine & Spirits
WA || Wine Access
AN || Wine Anorak
WE || Wine Enthusiast
WF || Wine Front, AUS
WR || Wine Review Online
WS || Wine Spectator
WT || Winestate Mag, AUS
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2015 ERNIE ELS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

+755117 · 12x750ml

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon is dazzling in the top 2015 vintage. It is medium in body but full in character, charm and structure. With air, notes of cassis, mint, baked plums and liquorice unfold on the nose, leading to a richly-fruited palate. Hints of dried herbs and beef stock add complexity and lure to the finely textured, fruit-coated tannins.

STATUS: OPEN
ws: 92
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2015 ERNIE ELS PROPRIETOR'S BLEND

+721146 · 6x750ml

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. A marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz produces an uber concentrated melange of red and black fruits, elegantly framed by the four other Bordeaux varieties. It’s a big wine with a plush fruit core and rich savoury complexity. Notes of fresh organum, dried sage and roast beef gravy give generosity and depth, with the sweet fruit running from start to long finish. The tannins are glossy and finely tuned, offering a modern expression that is raised to a new level in 2015. The finely balanced, structure finish provides the perfect shell for long maturation.

STATUS: OPEN
BRONZE MEDAL - INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2018
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2012 ERNIE ELS SIGNATURE

+721147 · 6x750ml

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon-led Bordeaux-style blend really shines in the epic 2012 Stellenbosch vintage. It shows an intensely purple rim and deep crimson core, leading to impressive concentration and startling depth. Rather closed at first, nuances of fig jam, cigar box and meat spice slowly arise from the glass, complemented by ripe red cherries and a hint of fine milk chocolate. The palate is supported by ultra-fine, layered tannins that are seemingly wrapped in mixed red berry fruits. Pure and elegant, the finish lingers with juicy cassis and a salty, mineral tail.

STATUS: OPEN
ws: 93 || rp: 92 || ta: 92 || DC: 89 || jp: 4.5*
CURRENT VINTAGE [PDF] | past vintages [pdf]