Cape Winemakers Guild

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.

Winemaker: Louis Strydom

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 2 800.00
  • Lowest: R 2 500.00
  • Average: R 2 634.00


  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 100
  • Cases Auctioned 70


  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 2.50 g/l
  • TA: 6.20 g/l
  • pH: 3.73

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