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Bottle Price $99.99
Sale Price $64.99
Year 2011
Size 750ML
Color Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country South Africa

Product Code: 2812368

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SAVE 35% RATINGS: 92pts Wine Spectator; 93pts Vinous;90Pts Robert Parker

As a leading South African ambassador and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of sports, Ernie Els has long demonstrated a passion for excellence. Focus, discipline and commitment have led to his extraordinary golf success. These same qualities are evident in Ernie Els Wines, a quest to produce premium wine that was born in 1999. Els naturally chose Stellenbosch, South Africa's most storied wine region, to produce his wines and brought on the award winning Louis Strydom to oversee winemaking. In 2000, the first grapes were crushed for the inaugural vintage of Ernie Els Signature. In 2004, a 178 acre property on the slopes of Helderberg Mountain was chosen as the home of Ernie Els Wines.

TASTING NOTES: 92 pts Wine Spectator 9/30/14:Alluring, with mint, warm cocoa and dark tea notes leading the way for a rich core of black currant paste, warmed fig and dark cherry coulis flavors. The long, fine grained finish features a soldering tea leaf accent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2019. 1,070 cases made.
93 pts Vinous June 2015:60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% each Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc): Dark ruby red. Very ripe, dark aromas of cassis, licorice, peppery herbs, menthol, violet and minerals. Sweet, plush and seamless on the palate, combining outstanding concentration and a noble, three dimensional texture to its dark fruit, licorice and spice flavors. This makes the 2012 Proprietor's Blend seem dry by comparison. Wonderfully silky, deep wine with fine grained tannins and outstanding subtle length. Really impeccably balanced already but it would be a shame not to give this beauty a couple more years in the cellar. Stephen Tanzer
90 pts The Wine Advocate:The 2011 Signature is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc aged for 20 months in 300 liter French oak (70% new). It has a backward nose at first, with brooding black fruit, dark plum and mulberry emerging reluctantly in the glass. The palate is chewy on the entry with touches of black pepper sprinkled over the meaty black fruit, with decent structure and grip on the finish. As usual, this is a Proprietary Red with a big swing... but the ball lands on the green.
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