In the December 31st issue of Wine Spectator, James Molesworth gives his thoughts on two wines from Ernie Els:
2015 Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch:
Fleshy and inviting, showing layers of cassis, raspberry and blackberry paste inlaid with anise, singed apple wood and mint notes. Nice charcoal frame on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2023. 3,550 cases made. 92 Points.
2016 Ernie Els Big Easy Red, Western Cape:
Direct, with a friendly blast of cherry compote and red licorice notes backed by a lightly toasted anise accent. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache, Viognier and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 17,000 cases made. 87 Points.
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.
The December 15th edition of the Wine Spectator included three stellar reviews of Anthonij Rupert Wines by James Molesworth:
2012 Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschhoek:
Ripe, sleek and focused, with a beam of red currant and bitter plum preserve flavors racing through, lined with singed cedar and vanilla bean. Extra bay leaf, tobacco and menthol hints emerge through the finish, which has latent grip and solid drive despite the late release. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2021. 230 cases made. 91 Points.
2013 Anthonij Rupert Optima, Western Cape:
Solid, with dark currant and licorice root notes wrapped around each other, backed by tobacco and singed cedar elements. Tar and mint details echo through the pleasantly rustic finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018. 5,850 cases made. 89 Points.
2016 Anthonij Rupert Chenin Blanc, Western Cape Protea:
Bright Key lime, white peach and kiwifruit stream through, unencumbered by toast and backed by a fresh, floral-edged finish. Drink now through 2018. 5,100 cases made. 88 Points.
James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator continued his December review of South African wines with two reviews of Rust en Vrede:
2015 Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch:
Sleek and focused with a delicious beam of red currant and bitter cherry preserves lined with mouthwatering savory and tobacco hints. An iron spine holds the finish and adds length. Drink now through 2021. 3,750 cases made. 91 Points.
2015 Rust en Vrede Merlot, Stellenbosch:
Solid, with focused, moderately juicy raspberry, red currant and cherry preserve flavors lined with black licorice and subtle toast details. Restrained through the finish, but with solid length. Drink now through 2018. 4,100 cases made. 89 Points.
In the December 15th issue of Wine Spectator, James Molesworth reviews Ernie Els Porprietor’s Blend:
2014 Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend, Stellenbosch:
Alluring, offering a mix of mint, espresso and cocoa notes melding nicely with dark current and fig preserve flavors, this is rich with dark earth and graphite depths through the finish for added support and range. Very solid. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2018 through 2024. 2,500 cases made. 93 Points.
New James Suckling scores are in for Anthonij Rupert’s 2010 Cabernet Franc and they are great. See the tasting notes below.
“Very ripe berries, nutmeg and cinnamon. Well balanced with round texture, fines tannins, lemon zest and almost wet earth undertones. Full and generous with a lightly austere finish. Drink now or hold.” -James Suckling
Anthonij Rupert’s 2012 Optima was recently scored by James Suckling. See the great tasting notes below.
Optima – Red Blend
“The nose is already quite developed, whereby lovely creme de cassis aromas are mingled in with hints of tobacco and leaves. Full-bodied and showing a core of still tangy ripe fruit. Very fine all around. Bordeaux blend. Drink Now.” – James Suckling