Two Great Reviews for Ernie Els Stellenbosch Wines in Wine Enthusiast
Lauren Buzzeo of the Wine Spectator gave rave reviews to two Ernie Els Reds from Stellenbosch in the December, 2017 issue:
Ernie Els 2013 Signature Red (Stellenbosch)
93 POINTS – Cellar Selection
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this is a bold, concentrated and flavorful wine that will mature well over the next 10 years. Aromas of espresso, crème de cassis, spiced blackberry, boysenberry preserves, tobacco and woodspice abound and carry through to the robust, gripping palate. It’s firmly structured, but harmonious in its overall strength, with final notes of campfire, char and cocoa on the long finish.
Ernie Els 2014 Proprietor’s Red (Stellenbosch)
This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot opens with aromas of church incense, brambly berry, cherry cola and fruit cake. The palate shows a bit more restraint, offering flavors of small red berries and cherries that are dusted with baking spices. Structured tannins lend ample grip to the medium-weight palate, while moderate acidity lifts the red fruit flavors through the close. Drink now–2021.