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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 89818)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A fantastic Sauvignon Blanc! Predominant flavors of tropical fruit with herbaceous overtones, while the overall impression is of elegance and delicacy with a long flavorsome finish.

"Scents of lime leaf and grapefruit introduce this delicate sauvignon, from a vineyard on the coast north of Capetown. The flavors combine bright tangerine and beeswax, lasting on fresh lime and a persistent mineral character. It becomes more luscious with air, delicious with anything from the raw bar." -Wine & Spirits

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About Neil Ellis Wines:

In 1986, Neil Ellis took a calculated leap of faith into the wine negociant arena, buying and vinifying grapes from selected vineyards and marketing these hand-reared wines under his own label. Mindful that exceptional terroir and assiduous vineyard cultivation form the bedrock of great wine, Neil forged long-term supply partnerships with top grape-growers in premium areas.

In the very year Neil Ellis set out as a negociant, his future partner Hans Peter Schroder purchased the Stellenbosch wine estate, Oude Nektar, in the spectacular, viticulturally-ideal Jonkershoek Valley. This coincidence gained fresh resonance some years later when Neil and Hans finally met. Neil, recipient of many accolades since flying solo, had outgrown his leased cellar; Hans, in search of a like-minded partner for a quality-focused winery, had extensive cellar facilities. From this synergy emerged a unique joint venture: Neil Ellis Wines.

Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards they have focused on producing the best wine possible and sourcing the grapes from top quality growers. Recognizing that different grape varieties thrive under different soil and climate conditions, from the company's start their philosophy has been to locate those areas that produce a distinctive grape quality and work closely with quality-minded growers in those areas.