Ernie Els 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.  Smaller berries, as well as warm temperatures leading up to 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.

  • Tasting Notes

    The Cabernet Sauvignon is dazzling in the top 2015 vintage. It is medium in body but full in character, charm and structure. With air, notes of cassis, mint, baked plums and liquorice unfold on the nose, leading to a richly-fruited palate. Hints of dried herbs and beef stock add complexity and lure to the finely textured, fruit-coated tannins. The fresh acidity carries a long and lacy finish while the taught structure gives a platform for aging 2-5 years.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 14.52 % By Vol.
    R.S. 3.7 g/l
    T.A. 6.2 g/l
    pH 3.75

  • Blend Information

    Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

  • In The Vineyard

    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 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.

  • About The Harvest

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