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.
Ernie Els Proprietors Syrah 2015
Alc. 14.66% by Vol.
R.S. 3.59 g/l
T.A. 5.93 g/l
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.
March & April, 2014. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest