Ernie Els Proprietors Syrah 2015

The vintage will be remembered as one of the driest and earliest in years, with a somewhat smaller wine grape harvest promising exceptional wines. Good reserves were accumulated during the post-harvest period in April and May, afer which leaf fall generally occured at the right time. A cold, wet winter led to the accumulation of sufficent cold units for the full breaking of dormancy, which contributed to even bud break. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather also led to one of the healthiest seasons in years, with almost no losses due to diseases or rot. With the absence of the usual heat waves in most regions, cooler than usual weather in February was ideal for ripening and harvesting. Smaller berries, as well as moderate during the harvest time led to good colour and intense flavour in this year's red wines. Although somewhat smaller, this was one of the best, if not the best, harvests in years.

Tim Atkin - 92 Points

  • Tasting Notes

    From the stellar vintage, the Proprietor's 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 blueberry 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 to 5 years and age over the next decade.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 14.66% by Vol.
    R.S. 3.59 g/l
    T.A. 5.93 g/l
    pH 3.72

  • Blend Information

    Shiraz 95%
    Viognier 5%

  • In The Vineyard

    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 metres above sea level together with the colling influence of the Atlantic ocean just 15 kilometres away, this extends the ripening period by up to 3 weeks resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.

  • About The Harvest

    March & April, 2014. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest