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Ernie Els Big Easy 2013

The Big Easy 2013 from Ernie Els Wines does what it says on the label being extraordinarily approachable. It’s a blend of 61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsaut and 4% Viognier and I think it’s clever. It obviously takes its cue from Chocolate Block made by Boekenhoutskloof but comes in […]

June 3, 2015
by Christian
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Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

As part of the “Driving Cabernet” Day at Ernie Els Wines yesterday, a benchmarking exercise involving the three examples of the variety to be rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 against three international counterparts. The locals were Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2011, Rudera 2011 and Stark-Condé Three Pines 2011 while the wines from abroad were Concha […]

August 13, 2014
by Christian
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A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010

The Red 2010 from Swartland producer A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines was nominated for 5 Stars but ultimately not endorsed but then the same fate befell Ernie Els CWG Aucition Reserve 2011 and Sadie Family Columella 2011 to name two other non-Bordeaux-style red blends. To date the Platter’s 5-Star tasting sees wines nominated sighted by […]

April 5, 2014
by Christian
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2013 CWG Auction wines rated

The 29th annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 5 October. There are 58 wines on auction, specifically 35 reds, 18 whites, two Méthode Cap Classique, one sweet wine, a Port and a potstill brandy making up the tally of 3 184 cases (6 x 750ml case equivalent). This […]

August 15, 2013
by Christian
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Ernie Els Signature 2007

It seems fair to say that Ernie Els Signature was always intended to be a cult wine with it named after a top professional golfer, positioned at the very top of the local market and made in a powerful, weighty style. Does it work? Over the weekend, the 2007 which was rated 5 Stars in […]

July 30, 2013
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the […]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
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Ernie Els 2003

After the disappointment of Capaia 2003 (see previous post), I wanted to prove that wines made to have greater weight and substance can succeed, the trick as always being if the winemaker achieves balance, too. Whatever else you might say about the flagship red from Ernie Els, you’d be hard-pressed to describe it as delicate […]

May 6, 2012
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers […]

December 5, 2011
by Christian
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