Ernie Els

Proprietor's Syrah 2015

From the stellar 2015 vintage, the Proprietor’s Syrah immediately shows a deep, crimson core and bright, purple hue. The nose boasts ripe plums, paired with perfumed aromatics and a whiff of white pepper. Fruity and spicy, this wine can easily age for the next decade.

R230

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Viticulture

The Syrah vineyards grow on the warm, north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Viognier was sourced from neighbouring Helderberg vineyards and was co-fermented after harvest. 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

From the stellar 2015 vintage, the Proprietor’s Syrah immediately shows a deep crimson core and bright purple hue. The nose boasts ripe plums, paired with perfumed aromatics and a whiff of white pepper. A wine with great presence, the palate is inky and bold, laden with blueberry jam and raspberry compote notes. Hints of charcoal, wet clay, sizzling bacon and star of anise deliver a layered complexity that contrasts the pure fruit. This impressive wine can age for the next decade.

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Awards

Tim Atkin - 92

Technical Data

95% Syrah/Shiraz, 5% Viognier,

Alc 14.66% by Vol. -R.S 3.59 g/l

Aged for 18 months – 70% in 300 litre French Oak barrels & 30% in 300 litre American Oak barrels (50% new)