92 Points, Top Value for 2013 Els Cabernet in Wine Spectator
With a score of 92 points, the 2013 Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the top-rated “red wine values” in the upcoming September 30, 2016, Wine Spectator. From WineSpectator.com:
Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2013
Release Price: $24
Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Issue: Sep 30, 2016
Offers a dark, alluring profile, with lots of warm charcoal and tobacco notes followed by steeped black currant and blackberry fruit flavors. The long, loamy spine pulls everything together. A savory echo extends the finish. Best from 2017 through 2022. 2,504 cases made.–James Molesworth
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More about the wine from Ernie Els Wines….
Winemaking: The 2013 Els Cabernet is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyards on the warm north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The grapes were lightly crushed and fermentation took place in open-top stainless steel tanks. The wines were pumped-over and punched-down manually five times per day ensuring maximum color extraction from the skins. After primary fermentation the maceration period was 10-16 days before pressing. Aging was 17 months in 300-liter French oak barrels, 20% new.
Winemaker’s note from Louis Strydom: Boasting an inky blue black core and explosive purple rim. Extravagant salty-liquorice notes appear on the nose, intertwined with pine kernel, a dash of Madagascan pepper corn and lashes of blueberry fruit. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm acidity and supple yet lacy tannins. Elegantly modern with a somewhat towering structure, the wine finally finishes with a sweet fruit guise, a touch of mint and deft yet spicy oak