Neil Ellis' 2013 CWG Auction Wines

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2011Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Shiraz 25% Wine of Origin Jonkershoek-Valley

Exquisite parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were fermented separately in stainless steel fermenters. A series of pump overs and punch downs were employed to manage extraction. Further maceration followed before racking to barrel for malolactic fermentation. This wine spent 18 months in new French oak.

Tasting Notes: Deep and generous red colour with a dark core. The aromatics reveal red and black fruits with fresh liquorice and black olive notes. The palate is seamless, sophisticated and stylish. Structure and texture weave into a tightly focussed, poised, multi-dimensional continuum. Fine and persistent shaley tannins conspire with bright acidity.

Bottle size 750 ml Case size 6 x 750 ml Qty. cases produced 136 Qty. cases on offer 60 Alc 14.2 vol% RS 1.9 g/l TA 5.5 g/l pH 3.66   Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Pinotage 2011100% Pinotage Wine of Origin Jonkershoek-Valley

This wine has been produced using a selection from high altitude cooler climate Jonkershoek vineyards. The major winemaking objective is to craft a wine that is both complex while young, yet has the capacity to evolve and mature admirably. Cold soaked for 4 days prior to natural fermentation, using 25% whole bunches with no pressings included. The wine remained on gross lees for 9 months without SO2 in 50% new and 50% seasoned 500 litre French oak barrels. The total time in barrel was 16 months.

Tasting Notes: Dark crimson, suggestively varietal, brooding fruits of sweet glaceed fruit. Scents of dark cherry are released. Plush, well-rounded and balanced, sweet red-currant and cherry fruits. Texturally seamless, integrated oak and tannins conspire to impress.

Bottle size 750 ml Case size 6 x 750 ml Qty. cases produced 100 Qty. cases on offer 40 Alc 14.4 vol% RS 1.6 g/l TA 4.7 g/l pH 3.65

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