A terrific follow up to the profound 2015, this is a pure, regal and pedigreed Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows a black core and crimson edge, offering a brightness to the densely ripe fruit. The decadence on the nose reminds of milk chocolate melted over baked blueberries, Morello cherries and cream. It is full in body with chalky tannins, imbued by a rich texture and salty liquorice on the finish which delivers finesse and serious length. The palate is rather towering, deep and somewhat closed on release. It will drink well for a decade or more.
Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Alc. 14.13% by Vol.
R.S. 2.96 g/l
T.A. 6.13 g/l
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
The 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 which offers a rich middle palate weight giving this wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. Five clones of Cabernet Sauvignon were utilized in the production of this wine with CS46C being our most abundant in clonal selection. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic ocean just 15 kilometres away, this extends the ripening period by up to 3 weeks, resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.
March & April, 2016. 24.5° Brix average sugar at harvest