Ernie Els Sauvignon 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 further buffered by a surprisingly 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 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 2018 is very light in colour and body, but shows fine concentration from the dry 2018 vintage. Spellbinding notes of passion fruit and fig excite the nose, while hints of orange blossom and minerals give complexity. It is richly textured and dry, with a nicely balanced tropical fruit core and citrus edge. Gentle notes of creme de cassis give extra depth to a serious, yet generous palate. It is linear in style, with a spine of fresh acidity that carries layers of long-lasting fruit. 

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 12.67% by Vol.
    R.S. 1.3 g/l
    T.A. 6.7 g/l
    pH 3.30

  • Blend Information

    Sauvignon Blanc 100% 

  • In The Vineyard

    The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding vines from two appellations namely Durbanville and Stellenbosch. Each viticultural area and terroir lends its own unique flavour profile to the final blend. 

  • About The Harvest

    February, 2018. 22.0° Brix average sugar at harvest