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Outstanding New Reviews for Ernie Els Wines

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media, with Stephen D. Tanzer as Editor in Chief, has published new reviews of several wines from Ernie Els.

Ernie Els Wines 2011 Signature Red
93 points
Drinking window: 2018-2026
(60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% each Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc): Dark ruby-red. Very ripe, dark aromas of cassis, licorice, peppery herbs, menthol, violet and minerals. Sweet, plush and seamless on the palate, combining outstanding concentration and a noble, three-dimensional texture to its dark fruit, licorice and spice flavors. This makes the 2012 Proprietor’s Blend seem dry by comparison. Wonderfully silky, deep wine with fine-grained tannins and outstanding subtle length. Really impeccably balanced already but it would be a shame not to give this beauty a couple more years in the cellar.

Ernie Els Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
90+ points
Drinking window: 2018-2025
Medium red-ruby. Deep, musky aromas and flavors of cassis, minerals, espresso and dark chocolate, plus a touch of herbs. Large-scaled, rich and deep; distinctly darker and riper than the 2011 Merlot and more New World in its mouthfilling texture and dark fruit expression. Lively minerality and serious mouthdusting tannins give this blend the guts to evolve slowly in bottle. Ultimately dry, classic, sappy and firmly structured on the long finish.

Ernie Els Wines 2012 Proprietor’s Blend
90 points
Drinking window: 2017-2022
(60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, and 5% each Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot): Bright red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of currant, violet, tobacco leaf and licorice. Big, plush and rich; a bit obvious but with distinct herbal notes to buffer its mid-palate sweetness. Finishes a bit green, with dusty, slightly drying tannins. The less expensive “regular” 2012 Cabernet is showing more energy and class today. A second bottle was a bit richer and riper but still a bit herbal.

Ernie Els Wines 2011 Merlot
89 points
Drinking window: 2015-2020
Bright, dark red. Redcurrant, plum, tobacco leaf, shoe polish and menthol on the nose and palate. Slightly herbaceous in an Old World way but with a fine-grained texture to its currant and cherry fruit flavors. A rather cool style of Merlot, finishing with easygoing tannins.

Ernie Els Wines 2013 Big Easy Red
88 points
Drinking window: 2016-2019
(61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Viognier and 4% Cinsault): Bright medium red. Fresh aromas of raspberry, pepper and fynbos. Juicy, fine-grained and sweet; an easygoing blend with a light dusting of slightly green-edged tannins. Give this another year in the bottle to knit and soften.

Ernie Els Wines 2014 Big Easy Chenin Blanc
87 points
Drinking window: 2015-2017
Very pale straw. Light aromas of white flowers, mint and citrus peel, with a touch of caraway seed; no honey or oak showing. Juicy pear and green apple flavors are perked up by some unabsorbed CO2. A supple wine of modest intensity, concentration, depth and length.

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