Ernie Els

Proprietor's Blend 2016

The award-winning Proprietor’s Blend is once again impressive and serious in this 2016 vintage. Medium- to full-bodied, it is strewn with black fruits, exotic spice and shards of dark chocolate. It’s powerful, fruity and structured.

R300

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Viticulture

The Proprietor’s Blend is a blend of six varieties that are grown on the property. These vineyards grow on the warm, north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. These particular varieties thrive under these conditions and result in rich, full-bodied red wines. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level, together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean, the ripening period can be extended, resulting in wines with phenolic ripeness.

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Viniculture

The grapes are hand-harvesting in the cool of the 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 to ensure that all the natural aromas and flavours are preserved. After primary fermentation, some tanks will undergo extended maceration. Each variety is matured separately in oak before final blending.

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Tasting Notes

The Proprietor’s Blend is once again impressive and serious in 2016. Medium- to full-bodied, it is strewn with black fruits, exotic spice and shards of dark chocolate. Sweet, spicy oak melts into a dense, powerful, fruity and structured core. The majority Cabernet Sauvignon gives a cassis purity and salty edge, while the Shiraz component adds a meaty, savoury and spicy edge. This wine is exquisitely textured and finely tuned and can easily age for a decade or more.

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Awards

Platter's - 5

Tim Atkin - 92

Technical Data

5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 20% Syrah/Shiraz,

Alc 14.84% by Vol. -R.S 3.21 g/l

Aged for 18 months. 95% in 300 litre French Oak barrels (35% new) and 5% in 300 litre American Oak barrels (30% new)