Ernie Els Wines Stellenbosch
This joint venture between Jean Engelbrecht of RUST EN VREDE and his friend, the celebrated golfer Ernie Els, produces a small range of wines, the top three reds are particularly striking. As well as these there are a number of varietal wines and a fruit driven Big Easy red and white. The small volume Ernie Els Signature label red is one of the most expensive wines yet to have emerged from the Cape. The reds here are in quite marked contrast to those at Rust en Vrede. The vineyards are at a higher altitude and a tighter, firmer character is apparent. All five Bordeaux red varieties are planted and the Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend bottling shows more depth and complexity than most from the region with a dark, peppery edge from a small proportion of Shiraz. The Ernie Els Signature red is richer, fuller and more intense, offering very good length and persistence of dark, blackberry, minty fruit. Winemaker Louis Strydom also vinifies an excellent, elegant Rhône style Syrah, Ernie Els Proprietor’s Syrah. As well as the association with Rust en Vrede, Els and Engelbrecht also make some very well-priced wines under the GUARDIAN PEAK label. (DM)
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