Price:  £11.50 | Case Rate: £10.92
Ex Tax: £9.58

Ernie Els - Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Louis Strydom
  • Grape: Chenin Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2015) VS: 87 (2016) WS: 87 (2015) JP: 3.5 Stars (2012)

Wine tasting notes

A delicate, perfumed nose balances the crystalline structure and moderately full-bodied palate, completely unhindered by any oak. A hint of almond flakes and sprinkle of spice adds texture and depth. A lively, spritely and juicy wine that builds and builds to finishes in a creamy pina-colada cocktail-swirl.

Winery Information

Ernie Els

Through his many travels around the globe Ernie Els had been exposed to and appreciated some of the world?s greatest wines, a developing interest which inevitably led in one direction ? in 1999 the concept of Ernie Els Wines was born. As one of South Africa?s leading ambassadors and most recognizable of faces in the world of sport, it was fitting that Ernie should choose Stellenbosch to produce his wines, with vineyards located high up on the northern slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)87 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2015 Big Easy (White) is pure Chenin Blanc. It has an attractive nose, nicely perfumed with fresh lime and citrus fruit. The palate is crisp and fresh with lime and orange zest, a taut line of acidity and a satisfying, lightly spiced finish. Punters' Chenin - nicely made and nicely priced at that!

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016)87 pts

May 2017 - Stephen Tanzer - 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.

Wine Spectator (2015)87 pts

Friendly green apple and green almond notes bounce along, backed by a light floral hint on the breezy finish. Chenin Blanc.

John Platter (2012)3.5 stars

100% chenin, 2012 rich & full, with enticing honeysuckle aroma, lots of yellow fruit on palate. Touch of sugar adds plumpness, soft acidity.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were harvested from low yielding vines from three different viticulture areas. Each viticulture area gives its own unique flavor profile to the final blend. Wine was mainly sourced from cooler coastal regions. The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently destalked with a Bucher de-stalker and lightly crushed. The wine was settled overnight and racked off the sediment. Fermentation took place at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks with a combination of yeast. The wine is made in a fresh fruity style without any wood component.