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Ernie Els - Merlot 2015/2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Louis Strydom
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.99
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2010) VS: 89 (2010) WS: 87 (2010) WE: 90 (2009) JP: 3.5 Stars (2010)

Wine tasting notes

The 2011 Merlot is a tempered, finely tuned beauty that shows great balance between seriousness and drinkability. Baked plums, smoked beef and chocolate on the nose lead to a juicy black currant strewn palate. A hint of soy sauce adds savouriness and complexity to the powerful, plush fruity core. The tannins have grip but yet are finely etched into a medium body, leading to a long fruity finish.

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 (2010)90 pts #204 Dec 2012 Neal Martin - The 2010 Merlot is aged for 14 months in 300-liter French oak barrels, of which 30% are new. It has a luscious bouquet of dark plum, Valrohna chocolate and a dash of spice. The palate is full-bodied with rounded dark cherry and blackberry fruit. The acidity is in tune with the fruit lending the finish surprising grace and elegant. What a lovely Merlot! Drink now-2015.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010)89 pts

May/June 2013 by Stephen Tanzer - Good dark red. Classic merlot aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, mocha, tobacco leaf and chocolate; distinctly herbal in an Old World way. Supple and fine-grained in the mouth, with good subtle flavor intensity. Harmonious acidity combines with ripe tannins to buffer the wine's moderate sweetness and give it a solid structure for further evolution in bottle.

Wine Spectator (2010)87 pts

Issue Web Only 2012 - Bright, with a slightly tangy red currant and damson plum core, laced with hints of savory herb and light toasty vanilla. Drink now through 2013. 1,700 cases made. ?JM

Wine Enthusiast (2009)90 pts

A dark and rich style of Merlot, this wine boasts intense aromas and flavors of black forest berries, plum flesh, cocoa powder and pencil shavings. Succulent, with a creamy texture, the tannins are fine but mouth-coating and provide a good frame to the sultry flavors. Chocolate and cedar spice linger on the close. — L.B. (5/1/2012)

John Platter (2010)3.5 stars

2010 shows red fruit, slight herbal edge. Medium- to full-bodied with fresh acidity, fine tannins. Classically styled but lacks 2009's gravitas.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently destalked with a Bucher de-stalker and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were removed carefully by hand. Fermentation took place in 7-ton, open top, stainless steel tanks with yeast WE 372 being added to the juice. The wines were pumped-over and punched-down manually 5 times per day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. After primary fermentation the maceration period was 14 days before pressing.