Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend 2016

Challenging conditions led to a reduced wine grape wine crop for South African producers in 2016, but grapes were healthy and concentrated flavours promise great wines. The weather was very warm, especially from the end of October towards the end of January, which restricted the growth and constituted lower bunch masses and smaller berries. However, the dry conditions led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall. Smaller berries led to more concentrated colour and flavour on the positive side and good wines are expected from the 2016 harvest. Good reserves were accumulated during the post-harvest period (April and May), after which leaf fall occuured mostly at the right time. The winter started off late in most of the regions but the weather conditions were cold enough to break dormancy. Spring came on time and the weather conditions were ideal which led to good, even bud burst. The harvest period started a week early due to the warmer weather and it ended about two weeks earlier. The wines from the 2016 vintage appear astoundingly good, with great structure and good flavours.

Platter's - Red Blend (Other) Wine of the Year 2019
Platter's - 5 Star 2019
Vitis Vinifera - Gold 

  • Tasting Notes

    The Proprietor's Blend is once again impressive and serious in 2016. Medium to full-bodied, it is strewn with black fruits, exotic spice and shards of dark chocolate. Sweet, spicy oak melts into a dense, powerfully-fruited and structured core. The majority Cabernet Sauvignon gives a cassis purity and salty edge, while the Shiraz component adds a meaty, savoury and spicy edge. The blend is rounded off by the remaining Bordeaux cultivars in a complexity explosion from start to finish. It is exquisitely textured and finely tuned. The 2016 will open ip over the next 5 years and age for a decade or more.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 14.84% by Vol.
    R.S. 3.21 g/l
    T.A. 5.96 g/l
    pH 3.68

  • Blend Information

    Cabernet Sauvignon 60%
    Shiraz 20%
    Merlot 5%
    Cabernet Franc 5%
    Malbec 5%
    Petit Verdot 5% 

  • In The Vineyard

    The Proprietor's Blend is a blend of all the six varieties cultivated on the property. These vineyards grow on the warm, north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. All six varieties thrive under these conditions and deliver rich, full-bodied red wines. 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.

  • About The Harvest

    March & April, 2016. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest