Ernie Els

Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Traditionally, on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault were planted together. This blend is a combination of these two varieties, producing a softer, rounder style of wine.

R100

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Viticulture

Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. Selected pockets of Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from different coastal regions, such as Paarl and Robertson to compliment the style. The Cinsault grapes were sourced from a specific vineyard site planted with 26-year-old dryland bush vines in the Perdeberg region.

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Viniculture

The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the early morning. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were removed. Fermentation took place in 7-ton open-top stainless steel tanks and the wines were pumped over or punched down manually 3 to 5 times per day, ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety is matured separately in oak barrels before final blending and eventual bottling.

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Tasting Notes

Red berry fruits billow from the glass with classic cigar notes over elegant crushed dried herbs, black cherry and ripe plums with red cherry freshness. The entry is inviting, fresh with a vibrant youthful energy of bouncy red fruit and an earthy undertow. The tannins are still tight, medium bodied and fresh expressing the crystalline character of the 2017 vintage. As the wine evolves in the glass there is an attractive tension between red and black fruit with a hint of liquorice over a linear focused and dry finish.

Technical Data

15% Cinsault, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon,

Alc 14.21% by Vol. -R.S 3.6 g/l

Aged in second and third fill French Oak barrels