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Ernie Els CWG 2016

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning and the grape bunches were gently destalked and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were carefully removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small 300 litre open top oak barrels with three weeks’ extended maturation. The wines were punched down manually five times a day, ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation.

Auction Year: 2019

Ernie Els CWG 2015

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently destalked and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were carefully removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small 300 litre open top oak barrels with three weeks extended maturation. The wines were punched down manually five times per day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation.

Auction Year: 2018

Ernie Els CWG 2015

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently
destalked and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were carefully removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small 300 litre open top oak barrels with three weeks extended maturation. The wines were punched down manually five times per day, ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation.

Auction Year: 2017

Ernie Els CWG 2014

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently
destalked and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries
were carefully removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small 300 litre open top oak
barrels with three weeks’ extended maturation. The wines were punched down manually
five times per day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety was
separately vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation.

Auction Year: 2016

Ernie Els CWG 2013

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently
destalked and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were
carefully removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small 300 litre open top oak barrels
with yeast WE 372 being added to the juice. The wines were punched down manually 5
times a day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety was separately
vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation.

Auction Year: 2015

Ernie Els CWG 2012

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently destalked and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and rotten berries were carefully removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small 300 litre open top oak barrels with yeast WE 372 being added to the juice. The wines were punched down manually 5 times per day ensuring maximum colour extraction from the skins. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation. Tasting Notes: The nose abounds with dark-blue fruits, a hint of bacon and espresso. Classy oak notes and a touch of truffle further tussle with the amazing fruit purity. The palate shows beguiling inky-black cassis from the Cabernet Sauvignon, providing fleshy tannins and towering structure. The large Shiraz component adds a spicy complexity and exotic edge, whilst the sprinkle of Merlot gives finesse and depth. This wine is packed in wooden boxes.

Auction Year: 2014

Ernie Els CWG 2011

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool early morning, gently destalked with a Bucher de-stalker and lightly crushed. On the sorting table, excess stalks and rotten berries were removed by hand. Fermentation took place in small, 300 litre open top oak barrels with WE 372 yeast. The fermenting grapes were punched down manually 5 times a day for maximum colour extraction. After fermentation, maceration was 14 days before pressing. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after the 18 months of maturation. Tasting Notes: The 2011 dances in the glass with a bright purple-sheen and dense crimson body. Further complexity of graphite, salami and bacon notes balance an intense floral lift, whilst whiffs of mint and chocolate drift through to a supple, layered palate. A lacy, sweet- fruited, cassis-cocktail stuns the palate, wrapped up with rich, etched tannins on the finish.

Auction Year: 2013

Ernie Els CWG 2010

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. Grape bunches were gently de-stalked 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 small 300 litre open top, oak barrels with yeast WE 372 being added to the juice. The wines were 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. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after the 18 months of maturation. Tasting Notes: Complexity of graphite, salami and bacon notes balance anintense floral lift, whilst whiffs of mint and chocolate finally drift slowly through to a supple, layered palate. A lacy, cassis-cocktail stuns the palate all wrapped up with rich but etched tannins.

Auction Year: 2012

Ernie Els CWG 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Shiraz 30%, Merlot 10% 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. Each variety was separately vinified and blended after 18 months of maturation. Tasting note: The nose is finely tuned cassis, a touch of earth, graphite and meat spice. The silky structure is built like a sky-scraper, towering over a full-bodied, deeply textured palate. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot produce a classic feel, with 30% Shiraz adding a spicy, savoury complexity. The finish is extremely fine and elegant. Relish opening in 5 to 10 years to expose its full potential.

Auction Year: 2011

Ernie Els CWG 2008

The different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, were vinified seperately in open stainless steel fermenters. The combination of punch down and pump overs ensure maximum extraction of grape flavour and tannins. The wine was matured for 18 months in 300 liter oak barrels. 60% of the barrels were new, 40% second and third fill barrels. Tasting note: Appearance: Crimson red with a bright rim. Aroma: The wine has prominent Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of sandalwood, leather and tobacco aromas. These are supported by hints of spice from the Shiraz and a strong blackberry core. Full, juicy red fruits and floral aromas complete the bouquet. The Ernie Els CWG 2008 has a medium palate weight with tight tannins that will integrate over the next few years, with a rich mineral finish. Impression: ?An accessible wine with a rich oak component that will benefit from further maturation, reaching its peak after 10 - 15 years?

Auction Year: 2010

Engelbrecht Els CWG 2007

VINIFICATION & STYLE The different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot were vinified separately in open stainless steel fermenters. The combination of punch downs and pump overs ensure maximum extraction of grape flavour and tannins. The wine was matured for 18 months in 300 litre oak barrels. 80 % of the barrels were new; 80% were French oak and 20% were American white oak. TASTING NOTES Appearance: Crimson red with a bright rim. Aroma: The wine has prominent Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of sandalwood, leather and tobacco aromas. These are supported by hints of spice from the Shiraz and a strong blackberry core. Full, juicy red fruits and floral aromas complete the bouquet. Palate: The Engelbrecht Els CWG 2007 has a full palate weight with tannins that are showing good integration and length. The initial mineral impression is followed by juicy plum and black cherry flavours and concludes with a smoky coffee aftertaste. Impression: A wine with a rich oak component that will benefit from further maturation, reaching its peak after 8 - 10 years.

Auction Year: 2009

Engelbrecht Els CWG 2006

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 10% Merlot The concept is to produce a wine made up of three different varieties that reflect the unique diversity of the Stellenbosch terroir. The different cultivars each lend their individuality to the blend - Cabernet Sauvignon gives structure and aging potential; Shiraz adds spice and palate weight and Merlot allows for integration. Tasting note: Bright deep ruby. Bouquet: the complex aroma of this delicious wine is dominated by the red berry flavours and supported by some cedar, vanilla spice from the barrels. The cumin spice, almond and candy floss complement the aroma of the wine. Palate: the aroma of red berries and plum follows through onto the palate. Dark chocolate, mocha and fruit cake fruit flavours enchant the mid-palate, complemented by a spicy oak finish. The elegant tannin structure ensures a juicy mouthfeel.

Auction Year: 2008

Engelbrecht Els CWG 2005

The concept is to produce a wine made up of three different varieties that reflect the unique diversity of the Stellenbosch terroir. The different cultivars each lend their individuality to the blend - Cabernet Sauvignon gives structure and aging potential; Shiraz adds spice and palate weight and Merlot allows for integration. Tasting Note Appearance: bright deep ruby. Bouquet: the complex aroma of this delicious wine is dominated by the red berry flavours and supported by some cedar, vanilla spice from the barrels. The cumin spice, almond and candy floss complement the aroma of the wine. Palate: the aroma of red berries and plum follows through onto the palate. Dark chocolate, mocha and fruit cake fruit flavours enchant the mid-palate, complemented by a spicy oak finish. The elegant tannin structure ensures a juicy mouth feel.

Auction Year: 2007

Engelbrecht Els CWG 2004

The concept is to produce a wine made up of three different varieties that reflect the unique diversity of the Stellenbosch terroir. The different cultivars each lend their individuality to the blend - Cabernet Sauvignon gives structure and aging potential; Shiraz adds spice and palate weight and Merlot allows for integration. Tasting Note: Appearance: bright deep ruby. Bouquet: the complex aroma of this delicious wine is dominated by the red berry flavours and supported by some cedar, vanilla spice from the barrels. The cumin spice, almond and candy floss complement the aroma of the wine. Palate: the aroma of red berries and plum follows through onto the palate. Dark chocolate, mocha and fruit cake fruit flavours enchant the mid-palate, complemented by a spicy oak finish. The elegant tannin structure ensures a juicy mouth feel.

Auction Year: 2006