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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2008
Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2008
(search item no. 110796)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2008 has a dark black core with glass-staining depth. It is bold and powerful, offering inviting notes of chocolate, herbs and drops of freshly brewed coffee. Cabernet Sauvignon offers the sturdy backbone with the Shiraz adding a savoury edge to the pure, sweetly fruited mid-palate. Spicy new oak checks the ripe, folding tannins, all balanced by excellent lift on the finish. Finely tuned and delicious now, it will cellar well for another 5 to 10 years.

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Shiraz 19%, Merlot 6%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 5%, Petit Verdot 5%

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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.