Neil Ellis is an icon of modern South African winemaking. He's been leading the field since 1984 and has won many awards. This is a flagship red – dry-grown, very old, ungrafted bush vines means intense, bold fruit and spice in this ageworthy wine.
Beyond the Label
Silky cherry and plum fruit, with grippy tannins and freshness
Dark cherry with floral highlights, smoky cedar and plum
Neil Ellis is a legend of South African winemaking and the first to gain 5 stars from the John Platter guide (the 'bible' for SA wines!) for Grenache. He made his first wine in 1984, selecting highest quality Stellenbosch grapes and renting cellar space. Today the winery remains very much a family affair. They have won a huge haul of awards over the years, including more 5 Stars, Golds and Trophies. This is a weighty, intense red using grapes from SA's oldest (nearly 60 years) Grenache vines, all in Piekenierskloof, planted high at 500m. Plus these dry-grown bush vines are all on original rootstock (very unusual). That and a drought vintage all adds up to immense concentration. Aged 15 months in barrel, 25% new, this is a rich, intense red.
"A soft, fleshy wine with generous layers of jammy red fruits and a plush, creamy texture"
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