Ernie Els Wines

Throughout his many travels around the globe, South African golfer, Ernie Els, has been exposed to and appreciated some of the world’s greatest wines. In 1999, he decided to pursue his developed passion for fine wine with the creation of Ernie Els Wines. Ernie befittingly chose Stellenbosch, the noble heart of South African wine, in which to base his operation and officially opened the cellar in December 2004. Louis Strydom, the winemaker, has been alongside Ernie on this journey and has been crafting Ernie Els Wines since 2000. During this time, not only has he continued to distinguish himself as an exceptionally-gifted winemaker, but he has also been appointed as the Managing Director. His understanding of the terroir, as well as the Helderberg region, have been a key ingredient in the success of these wines.

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Ernie Els Big Easy Rosé
Perfect summer sipping wine that's vibrant and fruity made of  a juicy blend of Shiraz & Viognier with plenty of crushed red berry flavours and a soft dry finish.
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Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend
The Proprietor’s blend is once again impressive and serious in 2016. Medium to full-bodied, it is strewn with black fruits, exotic spice and chards of dark chocolate. Sweet spicy oak melts into a dense, powerfully-fruited and structured core. The majority Cabernet Sauvignon gives a cassis purity and salty edge, while the Shiraz component adds a meaty, savoury and spicy edge. The blend is rounded off by the remaining Bordeaux cultivars in a complexity explosion from start to finish. It is exquisitely textured and finely tuned, the 2016 will open up over the next 5 years and age for a decade or more.
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Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon
A terrific follow up to the profound 2015, this is a pure, regal and pedigreed Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows a black core and crimson edge, offering a brightness to the densely ripe fruit. The decadence on the nose reminds of milk chocolate melted over baked blue-berries, Morello cherries and cream! It is full in body with chalky tannins, imbued by a rich texture and salty liquorice on the finish which delivers finesse and serious length. The palate is rather towering, deep and somewhat closed on release, it will drink well for a decade or more.
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Ernie Els Proprietor's Syrah
Opulent and expressive with alluring inky depth, plush ripe plums, dark chocolate and black pepper spice refined by oak support integrating the slightly rustic and primary fruit structure.
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Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon
The Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon offers bright red fruits, charcoal and earth on the nose. The palate is densely wound, with rich cassis, milk chocolate, salty liquorice and a dense cherry compote. Compact and finely-tuned tannins coat sweet fruits and a deep savoury edge.
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Ernie Els Merlot
An ample Merlot laced with ripe plums, morello cherry, tobacco and earthy autumnal complexity typical of its pedigreed origin.
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Ernie Els Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon
Succulent juicy dark berry fruit, dark chocolate, cinnamon spice and ripe plums fill the glass supported by a medium to full-bodied structure that is textured but approachable and tremendously easy drinking.
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Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc
The Big Easy Chenin is punchy and concentrated. Ripe kumquat, summer melon, straw and hints of spice on the nose lead to a deep, fruity palate. It is crisp and fresh, but offers a soft and creamy mouthfeel. The fruit is ripe and easy-going, but the palate ends dry and savoury, suggesting excellent versatility with food. The finish is long and nutty, maintaining notes of citrus throughout.
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Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc
Everything you love about a fresh and approachable Sauvignon blanc including loads of passion fruit, pineapple and green pepper character finishing with frisky attitude.
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Ernie Els Signature
The flagship Bordeaux-styled blend, Ernie Els Signature is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and a dash of Cabernet Franc revealing complex layers of dark brooding blackcurrants, candied orange, cardamom, clove and dark olives embellished by integrated spicy oak and smooth ripe tannins.
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Ernie Els Big Easy Red
A delicious mouthful of dark fruit flavours combining the intensity and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with wilder, spicier Shiraz character.