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Ernie Els - Signature Bordeaux Blend 2013/2014


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Louis Strydom
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15.19
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Food Matching

Food Matching

This is a good wine to serve at a more formal dinner party if you are uncertain of what wines your guests will enjoy. South African Cabernet's such as this have elegance and structure, and appeal to lovers of New World Wine as well as to traditionalists who haven't experimented much beyond France in general and Bordeaux in particular. In their excellent tome The Simple Art of Marrying Food and Wine, Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix suggest Venison escalope with Chestnuts and Chanterelles as a match for South African Cabernet Sauvignon, a great dinner party dish by any standard. It will also go well with most red meats and game, as well as with stews. Avoid too much spice, cream and salt, as well as smoked ingredients.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2012) WS: 93 (2012) VS: 92 (2009) WE: 93 (2007)

Wine tasting notes

Plum red with a thin red rim. The aroma of the wine is fruit driven with combination of the black fruits plum, cherries and blackberries. The fruitcake aromas are rounded off by a subtle oak spice to the finish .There are also distinctive earthy undertones to this claret. The fruit from the aroma follows through onto a seductive mid-palate, supported by a silky mineral feel with hints of oak and backed by a sweet tannin finish. This wine offers great middle palate complexity with a lingering spicy 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 (2012)92 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2012 Signature is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot; it has a very pure bouquet with cedar-infused blackberry and strawberry fruit. With further investigation, there are touches of incense and cassis, the latter from the Petit Verdot. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, just a hint of chocolate (though there is no American oak), with very good depth and it fans out nicely on the finish. It has a hedonistic bent for sure, but Louis Strydom is a skilled winemaker and he pulls it off here, as he has done in previous vintages.

Wine Spectator (2012)93 pts

A dark, alluring style, with gunpowder tea and warm ganache notes underscoring the core of steeped red and black currant fruit. Features a singed cedar and alder frame, accented by a tobacco hint. Should open up nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2009)92 pts

May?june 2013. By Stephen Tanzer. Good full, bright red-ruby. Cassis and licorice aromas lifted by glossy new oak. Densely packed and juicy, with compelling sweetness to the intense flavors of dark berries, mocha and licorice. Really spreads out on the very long back end to saturate the palate, with the suave tannins reaching the front teeth. A beauty.

Wine Enthusiast (2007)93 pts

The 2007 vintage was generally a great one for Bordeaux-style reds in Stellenbosch, and the Els Signature definitely demonstrates it. Sure, it’s ripe and sexy with a lot of sweet oak characteristics like cocoa powder and smoky wood, but it’s got the ripe fruit core of black plum and dark forest berries to back it up. Spicy layers of leather, cigar box and black tea… — L.B. (5/1/2012)

Vinification Notes

The different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot are kept separate (micro-vinified) throughout vinification. Vinified in 300 litre French oak barrels for 20 months, the wine underwent bottle maturation for a further 18 months. This wine is made in a full robust style and has the potential to age.