Arguably the finest Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon yet, the 2015 is a classically modern expression of this noble variety in all its glory. With a pitch black core and crimson hue, the nose is hauntingly deep and pure. Lead pencil, tomato leaf and scorched earth knit with dense cassis and deft new oak. The palate is backward in its stance, with a refined acidity melding the richly textured tannins and perfumed edge. A touch of salty liquorice, cinnamon stick and hint of vanilla, already show its superior class and complexity. It is elegant and yet structured, best decanted in its youth as it blossoms over the next two decades.
Ernie Els Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Alc. 14.48% by Vol.
R.S. 3.54 g/l
T.A. 6.29 g/l
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Our Cabernet Sauvignon 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 offering rich middle palate weight and delivering exceptional depth and fruit purity. Five clones of Cabernet Sauvignon were utilized in the production of this wine with CS46C being our most abundant clonal selection. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level and the cooling influence of the Atlantic ocean just 15 kilometres away, the ripening period is extended by up to 3 weeks, resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.
March & April, 2015. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest