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Date Printed: 10/26/2014
Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2009
Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 110280)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine, made by cellar master Louis Strydom, is Ernie Els' vision to produce an exceptional wine, reflecting their respective commitment to quality. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. Grenache was picked from rare, 40 year-old Grenache vines from Piekenierskloof on the West Coast. Mouvèdre and Viognier were delivered from neighbouring Stellenbosch vineyards. The diversity of the various sites shows beautiful balance on the palate.

There is a vivid display of complexity with layered liquorice and red berry fruit. The strong Shiraz and Grenache component adds spiciness in amongst the mélange of varieties which include a splash of perfumed Viognier. There is excellent balance between the crystalline acidity and a creamy textured finish.

Blend: Shiraz 52%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Mourvèdre 11%, Grenache 9%, Viognier 3%

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About Ernie Els:

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.