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2015 Protea Chenin Blanc: 91 points, James Suckling

James Suckling recently had the opportunity to taste the 2015 Protea Chenin Blanc. Read his glowing review below.

Chenin Blanc
Score: 91
Tasting Note

“Herbaceous notes of fennel mixed with fresh stone fruits. Fresh and balanced. Really pleasant texture. A bit waxy with with good length. Medium body. Enjoy now.” -James Suckling


James Suckling Raves Over Three Wines from Anthonij Rupert


In August 2017, James Suckling reviewed three wines from Anthonij Rupert:

2015 Anthonij Rupert Protea Chenin Blanc 

Herbaceous notes of fennel mixed with fresh stone fruits. Fresh and balanced. Really pleasant texture. A bit waxy with good length. Medium body. Enjoy now. 91 Points.

2012 Anthonij Rupert Optima Franschhoeck

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. 93 Points.

2010 Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc Franschhoeck

Very ripe berries, nutmeg and cinnamon. Well balanced with round texture, fine tannins, lemon zest and almost wet earth undertones. Full and generous with a lightly austere finish. Drink now or hold. 93 Points.

Stephen Tanzer of Vinous Reviews Several Wines from Ernie Els



In a May, 2017 article (A Splendid 2015 Vintage in South Africa: Time to Explore Swartland’s Wines), Stephen Tanzer reviews several wines from Ernie Els:


2016 Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc

Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Restrained but lively aromas of lime blossom, mint and herbs. Juicy, savory and dry, with the minty quality carrying through the palate. Just a bit shallow but a fresh, easygoing Chenin Blanc with a salty thirst-quenching quality and immediate appeal. Still a good bit of CO2 to be absorbed. 87 Points.

2015 Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend

Deep, dark red. Aromas of cassis, spices and licorice are accented by herbs and black pepper. Savory, concentrated wine with terrific peppery dark fruit intensity (black raspberry) and the extra depth of the year. Slightly inky but rich wine with firm but ripe tannins and lovely length. This rather serious wine is big but not so easy. 89 Points.

2014 Ernie Els Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon

(14.5% alcohol): Bright, full medium ruby. Pungent aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, herbs and black pepper. Very concentrated but uncompromising, offering brooding flavors of brambly dark berries, herbs and licorice, plus a leafy nuance. No hard edges here but this is notl ready to drink. Finishes with serious tongue-dusting tannins that will need time to unwind. 89+ Points.

2016 Ernie Els Big Easy Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon

(14.5% alcohol): Saturated bright ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Tactile, powerful, robust wine in a distinctly rough, backward style. This will take a long time to mellow in bottle. Tarry oak and unrefined tannins make this tough going today, even a bit dry-edged. Yes, it’s powerful, but to what end? I find it hard to work up much enthusiasm for this wine today. 89+ Points.

Two Ernie Els Wines Reviewed by the Wine Spectator


In the May 31st, 2017 edition of the Wine Spectator, James Molesworth reviews two wines from Ernie Els:

2016 Ernie Els Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Big Easy

Bright, with green almond, lime and melon rind notes, backed by a juicy, unadorned finish. Drink now. 87 Points.

2015 Ernie Els Big Easy Red Western Cape

Solidly built, with singed cedar and vanilla notes providing the frame for a core of lightly steeped red currant and plum fruit. Subtle anise and tobacco details line the finish. More like Cabernet than Syrah, but tasty nonetheless. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Viognier and Cinsault. Drink now through 2019. 89 Points.

Ernie Els Big Easy White a Best Buy in Wine & Spirits!

In the May, 2017 issue of Wine & Spirits, Joshua Greene selects Ernie Els’ Big Easy White as a Best Buy!

2016 Ernie Els Big Easy White

Pale scents of lemon curd combine with brisk salinity to lengthen this wine’s flavors and set up a craving for food. It’s a little creamy and blunt in its leesiness –as one panelist suggested, it tastes like it’s fresh from the tank- needing six months in bottle to mellow and meld. 89 Points. Best Buy.

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.

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Ernie Els ‘Big Easy’ Wines Featured in Golfweek

GW-cover-0523-291x388The May 23 edition of Golfweek magazine is all about golf and wine, and Ernie Els’ Big Easy wines received great reviews – and a place on the cover!

Master Sommellier Randall Bertao of Los Altos Golf & Country Club in California tasted through the collections and offered these tasting notes:

On Ernie Els Big Easy White: “Very bright red apple fruit (think unoaked chardonnay) with mouth-watering acidity and a clean finish.”

On Ernie Els Big Easy Red: “There’s a lot going on with this wine. Spice and flesh from the syrah, structure from the cab and variety from the other grape contributors. Dark fruited with exotic spices and a savory flavor.”

Get the whole story and the full reviews here.

Ernie’s Els for Father’s Day

somm in the city logo_smallThe “Somm in the City” wine blog by sommelier, chef and food and wine pairing expert Sara Lehman has turned its sights on Father’s Day wines, and Ernie Els Big Easy Red and Big Easy White are among the selections.

They’re among several “Wines That Give Back”—a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Big Easy Red and Big Easy White are going to Els for Autism, Ernie’s foundation that supports children on the autism spectrum and their families.

You can find the post here.