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
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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. "