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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2010
Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2010
(search item no. 118030)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A full-bodied red wine with purple-red hues and good depth of color. Concentrated red berry fruits of dark cherries, plums and spicy fruit cake flavors privde a lifted intensity. The nose is clean and pure with layers of rich dense fruits. Well-integrated oak provides complexity. Fine soft tannins add structural focus and length.
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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.