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.
Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend 2016
Alc. 14.84% by Vol.
R.S. 3.21 g/l
T.A. 5.96 g/l
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%
Cabernet Franc 5%
Petit Verdot 5%
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.
March & April, 2016. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest