limited stock Ernie Els

Proprietor's Syrah

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R 275

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750 ml (Standard)

2015


Cultivar:

95% Shiraz, 5% Viognier

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Tim Atkin 4.5 Stars - Platter's

Specifications:

14.66% alc vol Sugar g/l: 3.59
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 3 to 5 yrs
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Helderberg

Tasting Notes:

From the stellar 2015 vintage, the Proprietors Syrah immediately shows a deep crimson core and bright purple hue. The nose boasts ripe plums, paired with perfumed aromatics and a whiff of white pepper. A wine with great presence, the palate is inky and bold, laden with blue-berry jam and raspberry compote notes. Hints of charcoal, wet clay, sizzling bacon and star of anise deliver a layered complexity that contrasts the pure fleshy fruit. The finish is towering, building towards a dry, yet focused and rewarding tail. The Syrah is impressive now as all the components will knit further over 3-5 years and age over the next decade.

Plum
Plum

Raspberry
Raspberry

Charcoal
Charcoal

White Pepper
White Pepper

As one of South Africa's leading ambassadors and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of sport, it is befitting that Ernie chose Stellenbosch to produce his wines. In 1999 the concept of Ernie Els Wines was born and with the help of award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom, they produced the maiden, 2000 vintage of Ernie Els - a 'classic' Bordeaux blend. The intention from the outset was to focus on delivering a quality product that could hold its own in the company of the world's finest wines. 

The Syrah vineyards grow on the warm north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Hutton Clovelly soils contain a high gravel content which offers rich middle palate weight giving this wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. The Viognier was sourced from neighbouring Helderberg vineyards and was co-fermented during harvest. With an altitude of approximately 250 meters above sea level together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean just 15 kilometers away, this extends the ripening period by up to 3 weeks resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness

The grapes are hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Whole berries are fermented in open top tanks and barrels with intermittent pump-overs and punch downs to ensure a balance between flavour, colour and tannin extraction from the skins. All ferments are meticulously monitored during fermentation to ensure that all the natural aromas and flavours are preserved and highlighted as required. After primary fermentation some tanks and barrel will undergo extended maceration as required. Each variety is maturated separately (micro-vinified) in oak barrels before blending and eventual bottling.

Aged for 18 months – 70% in 300 litre French Oak barrels & 30% in 300 litre American Oak barrels (50% new)

Food pairing

Cheese, especially aged hard cheeses like Gouda. Barbecue spareribs.

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