Producing a wine made up of five Bordeaux varieties to reflect the unique diversity of the Stellenbosch terroir. This wine, made by cellarmaster Louis Strydom, is Ernie Els and Jean Engelbrecht’s vision to produce an exceptional wine, reflecting their respective commitment to quality.
The different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot are kept separate (micro-vinified) throughout vinification. Vinified in 300 litre French oak barrels for 20 months, the wine underwent bottle maturation for a further 18 months. This wine is made in a full robust style and has the potential to age.
Colour: Bright, dark ruby
Aroma: The aroma of the wine is fruit driven with combination of red current, cassis and plum fruits. The fruit is supported by violets, black olives and hints of vanilla and spice.
Palate: The fruit from the aroma follows through unto the delightful palate, supported by an soft mineral feel with hints of oak and backed by a seamless tannin structure.
Impression: “This elegant wine offers great middle palate complexity with a long spicy finish.”
"Well-built, with black currant, bacon, grilled herb, tobacco and fig flavors supported by a good firm structure underneath. Excellent length, with the fruit and spice delivering another wave on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2009. 3,400 cases made. –JM
" -Rated 91, Wine Spectator
"Deep, saturated ruby. Primary aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Deep, lush and generous, with very rich flavors of black fruits and chocolate accented by spice. This boasts superb texture and ripeness and seems destined for a long life in bottle." -Rated 92, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar