Cape Winemakers Guild

The Nature-Inspired Second Generation Winemaker

Warren Ellis

“What I enjoy most about winemaking is you get dealt the cards, and you don’t really know what you are going to get – it’s all up to nature. So you can either have a great year or a not-so-great year, but it’s what you make of it.”

Dreaming to be a winemaker as a young boy, Warren started helping his dad in the winery at a young age. Warren joined the Neil Ellis team in 2006 and was appointed chief winemaker in 2012. He holds both a BSc in viticulture and oenology and an MSc Agric in viticulture from the University of Stellenbosch. He has also travelled the European wine world doing research on cellar technology and viticulture.

Today, Warren continues his father’s vision in producing wines, working with sustainable and like-minded growers, growing outstanding grapes and applying minimal intervention to make exciting wines with a strong sense of place.

  • +27 21 887 0649
  • warren@neilellis.com
  • www.neilellis.com
  • Stellenbosch Appellation

Auctioned Wines

Neil Ellis Wines Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Auction Year: 2023

Neil Ellis Wines Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin Jonkershoek Valley

  • Our signature Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • It is a distinctive style with all the hallmarks of the Jonkershoek Valley, known for its balance of elegance and power.
  • Single vineyard and small batch, with whole-berry fermentation initiated in a stainless-steel tank.
  • Second fill 500 litre barrels were used to mature this wine and it is a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Jonkershoek Valley.

Tasting Notes: Intense dark colour. The nose shows restraint, with aromas of cassis and cedar, so typical of the Jonkershoek Valley. The palate is nervous and fresh; followed by fine, dense and tight tannins. A wine that is built to last.

Ready for drinking 2025 to 2034.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 11 000
  • Lowest: R 7 350
  • Average: R 5 750

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 64
  • Cases Auctioned: 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.7 vol%
  • RS: 1.8 g/l
  • TA: 6.6 g/l
  • pH: 3.41

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2017

Auction Year: 2023

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2017

100% Tempranillo
Wine of Origin Bottelary

  • Tempranillo is old and believed by many to be the wine depicted in the Bacchus mural that serves as proof of wine in ancient Spain, linking Tempranillo to the Phoenician settling of the Iberian Peninsula as far back as 1100 B.C.       
  • Although it is a medium-bodied wine, it has incredible tannins which give it its incredible ability to age.
  • Historically, this was the first single varietal Tempranillo to have been sold on the auction.

Tasting Notes: A subtle nose reflecting dark and red cherries, violets, herbs, and tobacco leading into a leathery finish. The palate is dense and complex, packed with dark berries and plum which unfold with great length, freshness and balance, followed by fine, dry, yet smooth tannins.

50 cases of this wine were sold on the 2021 auction.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 7 500
  • Lowest: R 5 000
  • Average: R 5 825

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 201
  • Cases Auctioned: 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.74 vol%
  • RS: 3.1 g/l
  • TA: 5.9 g/l
  • pH: 3.63

Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Auction Year: 2022

Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

A single vineyard, small batch, whole-berry fermentation was initiated in a stainless steel tank. The grapes underwent a series of punch-downs and pump-overs until dry. No barrels were used maturing this wine, a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Jonkershoek Valley.

Tasting Notes: Intense dark colour. The nose shows restraint, with aromas, of cassis and cedar, so typical of the Jonkershoek Valley. The palate is nervous and fresh, followed by fine, dense and tight tannins. A wine that is built to last.

Ready for drinking now until 2033.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R9 500
  • Lowest: R6 667
  • Average: R7 455 

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 71
  • Cases Auctioned: 44

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.51 vol%
  • RS: 2.2 g/l
  • TA: 6.1 g/l
  • pH: 3.5

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2017 (1.5L magnum bottles)

Auction Year: 2021

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2017 (1.5L magnum bottles)

100% Tempranillo

Whole-berry fermentation is initiated in a stainless steel tank. The grapes underwent a series of punch-downs and pump-overs until dry. Malolactic fermentation completed in new and second fill French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% in second fill.

Tasting Notes: A subtle nose reflecting dark and red cherries, violets, herbs  and tobacco leading into a leathery finish. The palate is dense and complex, packed with dark berries and plum which unfolds with great length, freshness and balance, followed by fine, dry, yet smooth tannins.

Optimal drinking now, and for the next 15 years.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 3 750.00
  • Lowest: R 3 250.00
  • Average: R 3 500.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 13
  • Cases Auctioned 10

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 2.70 g/l
  • TA: 5.80 g/l
  • pH: 3.52

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2017 (750ml bottles)

Auction Year: 2021

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2017 (750ml bottles)

100% Tempranillo

Whole-berry fermentation is initiated in a stainless steel tank. The grapes underwent a series of punch-downs and pump-overs until dry. Malolactic fermentation completed in new and second fill French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% in second fill.

Tasting Notes: A subtle nose reflecting dark and red cherries, violets, herbs  and tobacco leading into a leathery finish. The palate is dense and complex, packed with dark berries and plum which unfolds with great length, freshness and balance, followed by fine, dry, yet smooth tannins.

Optimal drinking now, and for the next 15 years.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 500.00
  • Lowest: R 3 167.00
  • Average: R 3 620.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 201
  • Cases Auctioned 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 2.70 g/l
  • TA: 5.80 g/l
  • pH: 3.52

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2015

Auction Year: 2020

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2015

100% Tempranillo

Wine of Origin Bottelary

Whole berry fermentation is initiated in stainless steel tank. The grapes underwent a series of punch-downs and pump-overs until dry. Malolactic fermentation completed in new and second fill French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels and 40% in second fill.

Tasting Notes: A subtle nose reflecting dark cherry and violets, with herbaceous characters and a leather finish. The palate, dense and complex, is packed with dark berries and plum and unfolds with great length, freshness and balance. 40 cases of this wine were previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

Ready for drinking now and over the next 5 – 10 years.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 7 000.00
  • Lowest: R 6 000.00
  • Average: R 6 333.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 106
  • Cases Auctioned 21

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 2.40 g/l
  • TA: 5.30 g/l
  • pH: 3.63

Neil Ellis Wines The Designate 2013

Auction Year: 2019

Neil Ellis Wines The Designate 2013

A vineyard selected blend from two premium sites, known to grow quality grapes of distinct style. The Tempranillo, from the Bottelary hills, overlooking False Bay. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Jonkershoek Valley. These exquisite parcels were fermented separately. A series of punch-downs and pump-overs were employed to manage extraction. Blending commenced in September 2013 to give these components enough time to marry. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Dark, intense garnet colour. A subtle nose of dark and red cherries, violets and perfumed notes leading into masala spice and tobacco finish. The palate is elegant yet complex and dense. Dark berries and liquorice unfolds into an elegant and lengthy balanced palate.

Optimal for drinking now until 2029.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 800.00
  • Lowest: R 3 800.00
  • Average: R 4 355.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 100
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.00 vol%
  • RS: 1.90 g/l
  • TA: 5.40 g/l
  • pH: 3.59

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2015

Auction Year: 2018

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2015

Whole berry fermentation is initiated in a stainless steel tank. The grapes underwent a series of punch-downs and pump-overs until dry. Malolactic fermentation completed in new and second fill French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels and 40% in second fill.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 600.00
  • Lowest: R 3 000.00
  • Average: R 4 090.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 90
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 1.90 g/l
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • pH: 3.66

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2015 (1.5L bottles)

Auction Year: 2018

Neil Ellis Wines Amper Bo Tempranillo 2015 (1.5L bottles)

Whole berry fermentation is initiated in a stainless steel tank. The grapes underwent a series of punch-downs and pump-overs until dry. Malolactic fermentation completed in new and second fill French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels and 40% in second fill.

Winemaker: Warren Ellis

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 3 600.00
  • Lowest: R 3 400.00
  • Average: R 3 500.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 10
  • Cases Auctioned 9

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 1.90 g/l
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • pH: 3.66

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