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Ernie Els 2015 Merlot is a reflection of a truly great vintage, exuding excellent ripeness with freshness and poise. This wine manages to balance succulent red fruits with a savoury complexity; whiffs of tomato leaf, earth, tobacco & plums almost reminds one of Bordeaux. The palate is more sweet-fruited and juicy however, with cherries and strawberries taking centre stage. The tannins are soft like milk chocolate, supported by firm acidity and a long finish. Perhaps the finest vintage to date!
|When to Drink||Now to 2024|
|Producer||Ernie Els Wines|
|ABV||14.64 % By Vol.|
|Volume||75cl (Full Bottle)|
Ernie Els Wines focuses on producing premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet based blends and this is the “Golden Thread” that runs through the portfolio. The Signature and Proprietor’s wines are the pinnacle of the winemaking efforts and are all terroir driven and the result of specific barrel selection of grapes grown on the estate. The ‘Varietal’ range consisting of Classic Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a West Coast Sauvignon Blanc which reflect the specific areas the grapes originate from. The Big Easy range has been created to emulate the personality and characteristics of the Big Easy himself and the way he plays the game. Big, smooth and easy going.
The vintage will be remembered as one of the driest and earliest in years, with a somewhat smaller wine grape harvest promising exceptional wines. Good reserves were accumulated during the post-harvest period in April and May, after which leaf fall generally occurred at the right time. A cold, wet winter led to the accumulation of sufficient cold units for the full breaking of dormancy, which contributed to even bud break. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather also led to one of the healthiest seasons in years, with almost no losses due to diseases or rot. Smaller berries, as well as warm temperatures leading up to harvest time led to good colour and intense flavour in this year’s red wines. Although somewhat smaller, this was one of the best, if not the best, harvests in years.
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