Ernie Els 2016 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||14.5% 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.
Challenging conditions led to a reduced wine grape crop for South African producers in 2016, but grapes were healthy and concentrated flavours promise good wines. The weather was very warm, especially from the end of October towards the end of January, which restricted the growth and constituted lower bunch masses and smaller berries. However, the dry conditions led to the grapes being very healthy overall. Smaller berries led to more concentrated colour and flavour on the positive side and good wines are expected from the 2016 harvest. Good reserves were accumulated during the post-harvest period (April and May), after which leaf fall occurred mostly at the right time. The winter started off late in most of the regions but the weather conditions were cold enough to break dormancy. Spring came on time and the weather conditions were ideal which led to good, even bud burst. The harvest period started a week early due to the warmer weather and it ended about two weeks earlier. The wines from the 2016 vintage appear astoundingly good, with great structure and good flavours.
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