Ernie Els ‘Signature’

TASTING NOTES

The Ernie Els Signature Bordeaux Blend is once again extremely impressive in this classic 2013 vintage. Dark at the core with a beautiful crimson rim, it is full-bodied, elegantly endowed and finely poised. The nose unravels with pencil shavings, wet earth, cedar, dried leaves and an array of sweet fruits. The new oak is well integrated into a richly-concentrated palate, framed by dry, yet detailed tannins. It offers a contrast of classic nuances, luxuriously pure fruit and modern styling. There is ample structure and depth for it to age effortlessly for a decade or more.

PAIRING

A fantastic wine to pair with beef, lamb, game (deer, venison) , poultry, spicy food, mature and cheese.

 

Appellation Stellenbosch WO
Color Red
Grape Varieties 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
ABV (Alcohol By Volume) 14,8  %
Bottle Size 75 cl
Type of Soil Hutton Clovelly soils with high gravel content
Vinification

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning.On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were carefully removed. Grape bunches were gently destalked with a Bucher de-stalker and lightly crushed.

Fermentation took place in 7-ton, open-top stainless steel tanks with yeast WE 372 being added to the juice. The wines were pumped-over and punched-down manually 5 times per day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. After primary fermentation the maceration period was 10 – 16 days before pressing.

Each variety is maturated separately (micro-vinified) in oak barrels before blending and eventual bottling. The wine is aged for 20 months in 300 lt French oak barrels (70% new).