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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Ernie Els Signature 2002
Ernie Els Signature 2002
(search item no. 79485)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Producing a wine made up of five Bordeaux varieties to reflect the unique diversity of the Stellenbosch terroir. This wine, made by cellarmaster Louis Strydom, is Ernie Els and Jean Engelbrecht's vision to produce an exceptional wine, reflecting their respective commitment to quality.

Mediterranean with the rainfall ± 650mm per annum, the EE vineyards are located high up on the northern slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This contribution imparts warmer fruit flavours to the wine. In summer, the vineyards' close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean result in cool sea breezes that keeps temperatures lower, extending the ripening period.

Earthy and mineral, wild berries, mocha, this wine is forever changing in the glass. Firm tannins and French Oak seamlessly integrated, with dried fruit flavours that linger nicely on the slightly dry finish. Larger than life tannins will ensure good ageing. Decant!

2002 Blend:
Cabernet Sauvignon (61%)
Merlot (24%)
Malbec (5%)
Cabernet Franc(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.