Ernie Els Signature 2013

The 2013 harvest season started a week later than usual. Prolonged winter conditions continued in some areas up until September, followed by a cool spring which delayed bud burst by 7 to 14 days. The cold, wet weather conditions ensured even bud burst as well as the accumulation of water supplies that would allow the vineyards to cope with the warmer conditions later in the season. The vineyards had good growth in ideal dry weather conditions during the flowering and berry-set periods – although this also occurred later than usual. Early cultivars ripened later but an extremely dry and warm December resulted in the late cultivars ripening as normal. Ideal weather conditions during the harvest season prevailed with moderate day-time temperatures, cool evenings and no prolonged spells of rain or heat waves; this all impacted positively on grape quality and established good colour and flavour. It was also a particularly healthy year and diseases, pests and rot only occurred later in the season, while the warm and dry weather conditions together with effective disease and pest control resulted in minimal losses.

  • Tasting Notes

    The 2013 follows on nicely to the phenomenal 2012, both serious and towering Cabernet Sauvignon-lead Bordeaux blends. Deeply textured, powerful tannins provide a towering structure to this majestic wine, loaded with cassis, smoked herbs, graphite and tobacco notes. Full bodied rich and superbly balanced, a crescendo of wet earth, rich fruit and dark chocolate makes for a classy finish. A backward wine that will blossom for over the next decade and likely further.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 14.75 % By Vol.
    R.S. 3.2 g/l
    T.A. 6.3 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