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With a deep black core and bright ruby rim, the Ernie Els Signature 2007 is slightly more light-footed and open than the brooding 2006, but by no means evades its suave personality. The large Cabernet Sauvignon component dominates with rich blackcurrants, whilst the four other Bordeaux varieties contribute with exotic hints of mint, pencil shavings, dark olive and rosemary. Full bodied and punchy, the lushes tannic grip is reigned in by a tightly wound finish that seems endless. Irresistible know, but best after 5-10 years cellaring.
"Ripe and suave, with alluring blackberry, plum sauce and roasted fig notes laced with black tea, cocoa powder, maduro tobacco and smoked apple wood notes. The long, grippy finish smolders nicely, with dense, dark fruit and lovely mouthfeel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2014. 800 cases made."
"The 2007 Signature is aged entirely in new 300-liter French oak barrels for 20 months. It has a lifted, peppermint-scented bouquet that does not quite deliver the panache of the 2008. The palate is tight and a little abrasive on the entry. The acidity appears a little stronger here compared to the 2008, and there is a sharpness and angularity that distorts the focus. Personally, I would head for the superior 2008."
The Wine Advocate
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