2010 Ernie Els Signature is similar to empathic and precise 2009 although packs even more power and performance. Cabernet Sauvignon based, all five Bordeaux varieties contribute to its superior complexity, class and character. black core with purple rim shows its huge concentration, with time needed in glass to coerce its depth of flavours. Ripe mulberry, strawberries laced with balsamic, graphite and a hint of chocolate all follow through to luxuriously textured palate. Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc Wine & Spirits rating: 91.
Perhaps most serious Ernie Els Signature yet, 2011 is a brooding, powerful Bordeaux-style blend produced from prime vineyards in Helderberg appellation of StellenbosChateau Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, purple edge and pitch black core immediately points to its unwavering nature and shadowing depth. Time in glass uncovers notes of candied orange, cardamom, clove and dark olives, leading to an intense palate that shines with graphite and cassis. It has a towering structure built on a foundation of crunchy tannins and pure fruit, all solidified by fine yet spicy oak. Long and rewarding, tail finally ends with a touch of salted licorice. This is best cellared for five to 10 years as heady tannins integrate further. Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc Wine Spectator rating: 92.
Ernie Els is known as Big Easy due to his imposing height along with his fluid golf swing. This wine, made by cellar master Louis Strydom, reflects same bold, balanced and winning nature. With a dense and full-bodied palate, spice abounds from dominant Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon adds punchy tannins and a robust structure. Floral and savoury notes from Mourvedre, Cinsaut and Viognier all contribute to exotic rhythm of Big Easy. Finally rounded-off by gentle, sweet-fruited finish from a dash of comforting Grenache. Blend: 61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 4% Cinsaut, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Viognier International Wine Cellar rating: 88.
Deep ruby. Finely tuned cassis aromas, a touch of earth, graphite and meat spice. A full-bodied, deeply textured palate with a spicy, savory complexity. International Wine Cellar rating: 92.
Deep Ruby. Finely tuned cassis aromas, a touch of earth, graphite and meat spice. A full-bodied, deeply textured palate with a spicy, savory complexity. The Wine Advocate rating: 93.
Inky deep, black cherry hue and purple rim. Dark blue fruits, a hint of bacon, espresso and fig jam abound nose. Classy oak notes and a touch of truffle further tussle with amazing fruit purity.palate shows fleshy tannins, a rock-solid core, and towering structure. Shiraz adds a spicy, complex, and exotic edge, and remaining Bordeaux varieties give finesse and depth. Sugar coated blueberries line intense finish. Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot Wine Spectator rating: 91.
Lemon in color. A delicate, perfumed nose with notes of fresh, tropical fruits. A hint of almond flakes and sprinkle of spice adds texture and depth. A lively, spritely and juicy wine that builds and builds to its finish. International Wine Cellar rating: 89.
Deep ruby in color. Pure-fruited cassis on nose open to a fine balance of dark chocolate, wet earth, delicate spice and dried herbs. palate has a dark inky intensity punched by a core of mineral finesse and all wrapped by a broad-shouldered finish. tannins are burly and taught. A serious yet sumptious wine. International Wine Cellar rating: 90.
A delicate lemon color in glass with ripe mango, litchi and guava aromas. Layers of spice and a steely acidity add to sleek texture and powerful embrace. Classic Loire-like dried straw and wet-pebble notes give a slight savory component to pure racy fruit. Full and long, with peaches and cream sensations.
Deep red with pure, ripe, purple and red fruits immediately evident on nose. An array of complexity, amplified by hints of rose-petals and boiled sweets clear in bouquet. Warm notes of milk chocolate and roasted coffee round off wonderful complexity and depth. Juicy and succulent palate with a dash of Rhone varieties which give a dried, provincial-herb edge to exquisitely balanced finish. Blend: 61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Viognier and 4% Cinsault Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88.
Inky blue black core and explosive purple rim. Extravagant salty-liquorice notes appear on nose, intertwined wit pine kernel, a dash of Madagascan pepper corn and lashes of blueberry fruit. palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm acidity and supple yet lacy tannins. Elegantly modern with a somewhat towering structure, wine finally finishes with a sweet fruit guise, a touch of mint and deft yet spicy oak.
A light lemon color. Strawberry and pineapple flavors are all wound up by a limey-streak on nose. Light but deft palate. Intense fruit strikes a perfect balance with creamy softness, and chalky minerality.
Purple in color. Aromas of black fruits and spice. shiraz offers complex notes of rosemary and cured meat whilst Cabernet Sauvignon adds a beguiling structure and sweet cherry fruit core. A spicy edge along with a fragrant, almost honeycomb-like finish.