Ernie Els

Big Easy Red Blend 2018

This vintage displays a dark, brooding nose with damp forest and meaty notes lifted by crunchy red and black fruits, plus, a charming savoury spice overlay. This wine is vibrant and alight with a youthful energy.

R185

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Viticulture

The Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Viognier were sourced from selected vineyard parcels on the Helderberg Mountain within the Stellenbosch appellation. The typical soils found on the Helderberg provide a rich middle-palate weight, giving the wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. 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 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

This vintage displays a dark, brooding nose with damp forest and meaty notes lifted by crunchy red and black fruits, plus, a charming savoury spice overlay. Aromas of bay leaf and hints of vanilla follow. This wine is vibrant and alight with a youthful energy. The bright palate ends with a juicy, sweet-fruited flourish.

Wine of Origin: Western Cape

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Awards

Platter's - 4 Stars

Technical Data

60% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault and 5% Viognier

Alc 14.56% by Vol. -R.S 3.0 g/l

Aged for 14 months in older oak barrels - 80% in 300 litre French oak barrels and 20% in 300 litre American Oak barrels