Ernie Els Signature 2014

Initial vineyard growth was slow due to late cold fronts experienced during August 2013 followed by cool, wet weather at the start of the growing season leading to relatively high incidence of disease. Mid-November rainfall further hampered effective disease control by creating challenging spraying conditions and limiting access to the vineyards. As a result, downy mildew led to crop losses early on in the season in some of our red wine areas. Thereafter, favourable climatic conditions improved for flowering and good berry set ensued. The high rainfall in mid-November did however spark vigorous growth which required extra input to ensure superior grape quality and disease prevention through good canopy aeration and sunlight exposure. Widespread rainfall during early January increased pressure on viticulturists due to the threat of disease and even further rot. Ideal dry and moderate conditions reigned during ripening in January and mid-February after which a warm period accelerated ripening and resulted in great pressure on harvest intakes. The wine potential looks promising in terms of quality. Moderate weather conditions during the harvest season contributed to intense red wines.

Tim Atkin - 93 Points
Wine Magazine - 93 Points
IWSC (London) - Gold 

  • Tasting Notes

    The Ernie Els Signature Bordeaux Blend is once again extremely impressive in this classic 2014 vintage. Dark at the core with a crimson rim, it is full-bodied, elegantly endowed and finely poised. The nose unravels with pencil shavings, wet earth, cedar, dried leaves and an array of sweet fruits. The new oak is well integrated into a richly-concentrated palate, framed by dry, yet detailed tannins. It offers a contrast of classic nuances, luxuriously pure fruit and modern styling. There is ample structure and depth for it to age effortlessly for a decade or more. 

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc.14.96% by Vol.
    R.S. 4.2 g/l
    T.A. 6.1 g/l
    pH 3.78

  • Blend Information

    Cabernet Sauvignon 60%
    Merlot 25%
    Cabernet Franc 5%
    Malbec 5%
    Petit Verdot 5%

  • In The Vineyard

    All fruit was sourced from the Ernie Els Wines property whose 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 rich middle palate weight giving this wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. Each variety is separately managed to create unique and varied flavour profiles for this classic, 'Medoc-style' Bordeaux Blend. 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.

  • About The Harvest

    March & April, 2013. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest