Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa

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Item No. 95163
  • red wine
  • ST92
  • WS90
  • WE90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

A red wine created to celebrate the distinct palates of Ernie Els (Bordeaux style) and Jean Engelbrecht (Shiraz-based style) to crown their new venture. The 2003 Engelbrecht Els was first released at the opening of the Ernie Els Winery on December 15, 2004.

This complex nose opens with rich Cedar and Cherry aromas. Subtle white pepper spice combines well with a delicate floral and Toffee component. This wine has an extremely elegant tannin structure with robust mid-palate intensity. This wine also shows juicy characteristics brought about by the Shiraz component and a powerful finish.
Blend: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

"Bright, saturated medium ruby. Precise but tight aromas of cassis, black plum, minerals, cedar, loam and nutty oak. Suave, fine-grained and laid-back, with lovely vinosity and mineral spine to the dark fruit, licorice, menthol and cedar flavors. A very sophisticated if backward blend, and not at all a hot-year style. Really coats the mouth without leaving any impression of weight. Finishes long and scented, with serious but ripe tannins and lingering suggestions of licorice and graphite. Lay this one down."
92 Points

"Racy, with lots of red and black currant fruit layered with tobacco, mineral and hints of black licorice. Nice fine-grained finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Drink now through 2010. "
90 Points

Learn About Ernie Els Map ItMap It

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,...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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