Ernie Els Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 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, after which leaf fall generally occurred at the right time. A cold, wet winter led to the accumulation of sufficient 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 temperatures 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 - 94 Points
Veritas - Double Gold

  • Tasting Notes

    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. 

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 14.48% by Vol.
    R.S. 3.54 g/l
    T.A. 6.29 g/l
    pH 3.75

  • Blend Information

    Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

  • In The Vineyard

    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.

  • About The Harvest

    March & April, 2015. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest