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Engelbrecht Els 2005
Technical Analysis
: Louis Strydom
Main Variety : Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol : 14.92 %vol
pH : 3.56
RS : 3.2 g/l
Total Acid : 6.5 g/l
Appellation : Western Cape
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Mineral

Tasting Notes
Appearance: Opaque.

Aroma: This complex nose opens with rich Cedar and Cherry aromas. Subtle white pepper spice combines well with a delicate floral and Toffee component.

Palate: This wine has an extremely elegant tannin structure with robust mid-palate intensity. This wine also shows juicy characteristics brought about by the Shiraz component and a powerful finish. Impression: Keeping in the style of the very successful 2004 this wine is a unique blend of six varietals. This wine is showing a beautiful balance between accessibility and maturation potential
Ageing Potential
The different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot were vinified seperately in open stainless steel fermenters. The combination of punch down and pump overs ensure maximum extraction of grape flavour and tannins. The wine was matured for 16 -18 months in 300 liter oak barrels. 80 % of the barrels were new, and 70% were French oak and 30% were American White oak.
Blend Information
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec
In The Vineyard
Mediterranean with the rainfall  650mm per annum, the EE vineyards are located high up on the northern slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This contribution imparts warmer fruit flavours to the wine. In summer, the vineyards close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean result in cool sea breezes that keeps temperatures lower, extending the ripening period. The 2004 Vintage started very dry and no rain was recorded in February. Fortunately the rain came in the beginning of March. This gave the vineyard the required boost to ripen the crop properly and also brought cooler weather.

Other Vintages
Engelbrecht Els 2007 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Engelbrecht Els 2006 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Engelbrecht Els 2005 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Engelbrecht Els 2004 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Engelbrecht Els 2003 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon

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Annandale Road (R44) P.O. Box 7595, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Ernie Els Wines (Pty) Ltd      2004/008991/07
Proprietor: E. Els & H. Von Staff-Reitzenstein - Directors: S. Makin, E. Oblowitz, M. Sander, L. Strydom, H. Von Staff-Reitzenstein, J. Von Staff-Reitzenstein