Ernie Els Big Easy Rosé 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 dueing 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 circustances, 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 small bunches with smaller berries. Small berries are usually the start of a great wine and 2018 was no different. The wines from the 2018 vintage appear to have great vintage specific concentration. With moderate, but warm days during December and January, we saw the start of harvest return to its normal date. The uninterrupted warmth during havest also helped the bunches reach optimal ripeness while the berries steadily developed their flavours over a slightly longer period of time. The Rosé from the 2018 vintage appears fresh and with good flavours. 

  • Tasting Notes

    The light-bodied Big Easy Rosé is pale salmon in colour, but rich in character and elegant in composure. Produced predominantly from Shiraz, it offers beautiful fragrance, delicate fruit and a savoury edge. Juicy citrus and dried strawberry lines the palate with a dash of floral notes from the Viognier component, making for intriguing and yet uncomplicated drinking. Vibrant, fruity and almost saline, the finish is clean and lip-smackingly fresh. Beautifully dry, delicious and refined, this is a classic Rosé that can be enjoyed with or without food.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 11.60% by Vol.
    R.S. 2.0 g/l
    T.A. 6.2 g/l
    pH 3.8

  • Blend Information

    Shiraz 93%
    Viognier 7% 

  • In The Vineyard

    The Shiraz and Viognier grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding trellised vines from northwest-facing vineyards within the Stellenbosch appellation.

  • About The Harvest

    February & March, 2018. 20.0° Brix average sugar at harvest