Ernie Els CWG 2011Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Shiraz 30%, Merlot 10% Wine of Origin Stellenbosch
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.
Bottle size 750 ml Case size 6 x 750 ml Qty. cases produced 100 Qty. cases on offer 70 Alc 14.5 vol% RS 3.3 g/l TA 5.8 g/l pH 3.72
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