2011 Ernie Els Proprietors Blend
Stellenbosch, South Africa


92(+?) ST

2011 Ernie Els Proprietors Blend

$39.99


$35.99
as part of a mixed case.




22+ bottles available.



Winemaker's Notes
"The 2011 Proprietor's Blend exhibits an inky deep, black cherry hue and purple rim. Deep, exotic notes on the nose, whiffs of spear mint and flakes of dark chocolate compliment a melange of dense blue berry fruits. The strong Cabernet Sauvignon influence adds a salty liquorice attack following to cassis, grilled herbs and meaty edge from the dollop of Shiraz. Though full-bodied and rich, the mid-palate is fine and lively, leading to a polished, pure velvety, sweet-fruited finish. The serious tannins seem gently balanced, offering ample support for 5 - 10 years cellaring."

Technical Notes
"55% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Shiraz 5% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot 5% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec Each variety was separately vinified and blended after the 18 months of maturation. Aged for 18 months in 70% French and 30% American Oak barrels. 14.5% alc."
Stephen Tanzer
"92(+?) pts ... Bright red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, licorice, mocha and chocolatey oak, lifted by a violet topnote. Silky and plush if quite young, offering lovely creamy depth to its dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Impressively dense and long, with substantial but edge-free tannins. Still a tad warm and in need of time in bottle to settle down. But this blend boasts outstanding potential."

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