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.

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Auctioned Wines

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.

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.

Auction Year: 2021

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.

Auction Year: 2020

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.

Auction Year: 2019

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.
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.

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