Ernie Els Signature 2011
Perhaps the most serious Ernie Els Signature yet, the 2011 is a brooding, powerful Bordeaux-style blend produced from prime vineyards in the Helderberg appellation of Stellenbosch. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, the purple edge and pitch black core immediately points to its unwavering nature and shadowing depth. Time in the glass uncovers notes of candied orange, cardamom, clove and dark olives, leading to an intense palate that shines with graphite and cassis. It has a towering structure built on a foundation of crunchy tannins and pure fruit, all solidified by fine yet spicy oak. Long and rewarding, the tail finally ends with a touch of salted licorice. This is best cellared for 5 to 10 years as the heady tannins integrate further.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc
Wine SpectatorAlluring, 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.
Wine AdvocateThe 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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