Ernie Els Proprietors Blend 2015

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.

  • Tasting Notes

    The distinctive Proprietors Blend is bold and invigorating from start to finish. This Bordeaux blend with the addition of Shiraz offers a balance of seamless structure and elegant generosity.  Notes of sweet black and blueberry coulis dance on the nose, and with time, floral aromatics are coaxed from the glass. Medium to full bodied, the intense cherry-laced core finishes with a whiff of mint and dried provencal herbs. American and French oak is finely woven into the long finish, providing layers for further of aging potential over 10 years.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 14.77 % By Vol. • R.S. 3.1 g/l • T.A. 6.1 g/l • pH 3.81

  • 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, 2014. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest