Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2018

The 2018 harvest season will be remembered as the drought season. At Ernie Els Wines, we are very blessed to have bountiful water on the Helderberg. We were, however, still careful with our water use during the summer months leading up to harvest. We've also been working hard to adapt our viticultural techniques during the past 3 years to help the vineyards cope optimally with the heat and limited irrigation. The drought was futher bufferred by a suprisingly and fancifully cooler season. Due to the somewhat buffered circumstances, the vines reacted gracefully to the drought with no abnormal growth patterns observed. Vine canopies were kept nice and thin for sunlight and of course, less leaves means less water needed. Vines are resilient plants and their natural instinct in drier years is to produce smaller bunches with smaller berries. Small berries are usually the start of a great wine and 2018 was no different. The white wines from the 2018 vintage appear to have great vintage specific concentration. 

  • Tasting Notes

    The Big Easy Chenin is punchy and concentrated in the dry 2018 vintage. Ripe kumquat, summer melon, straw and hints of spice on the nose lead to a deep, fruity palate. It is crisp and fresh, but offers a soft and creamy mouthfeel. The fruit is ripe and easy-going, but the palate ends dry and savoury, suggesting excellent versatilty with food. The finish is long and nutty, maintaining notes of citrus throughout. 

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 13.25% by Vol.
    R.S. 1.7 g/l
    T.A. 5.6 g/l
    pH 3.31 

  • Blend Information

    Chenin Blanc 100% 

  • In The Vineyard

    The Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding bush and trellised vines from the Perderberg region nearby Paarl.

  • About The Harvest

    February 2018. 23.0° Brix average sugar at harvest