Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec & 5% Cabernet Franc
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Vinification: 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 10 - 16 days before pressing.
Ageing/Maturation: Aged for 20 months - 300 litre French Oak barrels (70% new). Each variety is maturated separately (micro-vinified) in oak barrels before blending and eventual bottling.
Cellar Potential: Enjoy now through to 2027+
Sweetness: 2.5 g/L
Ernie Els Signature 2012
The 2012 Signature is a cabernet Sauvignon-led Bordeaux-style blend that really shines in the epic 2012 Stellenbosch vintage. It shows an intensely purple rim and deep crimson core, leading to impressive concentration and startling depth. Rather closed at first, nuances of fig jam, cigar box and meat spice slowly arise from the glass, complemented by ripe red cherries and a hint of fine milk chocolate. The palate is supported by ultra-fine, layered tannins that are seemingly wrapped in mixed red berry fruits. Pure and elegant, the finish lingers with juicy cassis and a salty, mineral tail. It holds the most impressive structure and will provide for long aging ahead. Enjoy now through to 2027+.
As a leading South African ambassador and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of sport, Ernie Els has long demonstrated a passion for excellence. His focus, discipline and commitment have led to extraordinary golf success, and these same qualities are evident in Ernie Els Wines. Through his many travels around the globe Ernie has been exposed to and appreciated some of the world’s greatest wines and in 1999 decided to pursue this passion for fine wine with the creation of Ernie Els Wines. Ernie befittingly chose Stellenbosch, the noble heart of South African wine to base his operation. We invite you to share his vision, and with that, Welcome to Ernie Els Wines!