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Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Louis Strydom
Main Variety : Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol : 14.48 %vol
pH : 3.75
RS : 3.54 g/l
Total Acid : 6.2 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Tasting Notes
Arguably the finest proprietors Cabernet Sauvignon yet, the 2015 is a classically modern expression of this noble variety in all its glory. With a pitch black core and crimson hue, the nose is hauntingly deep and pure. Lead pencil, tomato leaf and scorched earth knit with dense cassis and deft new oak. The palate is backward in its stance, with a refined acidity melding the richly textured tannins and perfumed edge. A tough of salty liquorice, cinnamon stick and hint of vanilla, already show its superior class and complexity. It is elegant and yet structured, best decanted in its youth as it blossoms over the next two decades.
Ageing Potential
It is impressively complex and soft in its youth, but will age with grace for up to 10 years.
Blend Information
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
In The Vineyard
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. With the absence of the usual heat waves in most regions, cooler than usual weather in February was ideal for ripening and harvesting. Smaller berries, as well as moderate temperatures during the 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.

About the vineyard: Our 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 offering rich middle palate weight and delivering exceptional depth and fruit purity. Five clones of Cabernet Sauvignon were utilized in the production of this wine with CS46C being our most abundant clonal selection. 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 resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.
About The Harvest
March & April, 2015. 25.5° Brix average sugar at harvest.
The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning.
In The Cellar
The grapes are hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Whole berries are fermented in open top tanks and barrels with intermittent pump - overs and punch downs to ensure a balance between flavour, colour and tannin extraction from the skins. All ferments are meticulously monitored during fermentation to ensure that all the natural aromas and flavours are preserved and highlighted as required. After primary fermentation some tanks and barrel will undergo extended maceration as required. Each variety is maturated separately (micro-vinified) in oak barrels before blending and eventual bottling.

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Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
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Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - SOLD OUT Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Louis Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon

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Annandale Road (R44) P.O. Box 7595, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Ernie Els Wines (Pty) Ltd      2004/008991/07
Proprietor: E. Els & H. Von Staff-Reitzenstein - Directors: S. Makin, E. Oblowitz, M. Sander, L. Strydom, H. Von Staff-Reitzenstein, J. Von Staff-Reitzenstein