Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2017

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 While many producers are inclined to treat Sauvginon Blanc as no more than a cash cow, Klein Constantia’s Matt Day approaches the variety with both rigour and enthusiasm. The result is a number of striking examples, […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2014

The Groenekloof Shiraz 2014 from Neil Ellis, which won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show earlier this year, really is a cracker. From unirrigated bush vines, it was matured for 15 months in 500-litre puncheons, partially new. It has a classic nose of red and black fruit, spice and pepper, a hint of […]

October 18, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Neil Ellis Cinsaut Groenekloof Darling Hills 2014

The 2014 vintage of Cinsaut from Neil Ellis is a degree lower in alcohol than the maiden 2012 and is all the better for it. From a vineyard planted some 40 years ago in the Groenekloof ward of Darling, the wine spent 16 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 20% new. The nose shows cherries, […]

October 7, 2016
by Christian
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Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2013

The Groenekloof Shiraz 2013 from Neil Ellis offers super quality relative to price. Grapes from dryland bush vines, the wine was matured for 17 months in a combination of new, second-fill and older French barrels. Approximate retail price: R100 a bottle. It shows great typicity with notes of red and black fruit, slight reduction, spice […]

January 6, 2016
by Christian
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Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Cinsaut Noir 2012

The Vineyard Selection Cinsaut Noir 2012 from Neil Ellis Wines presents a different take on the variety that’s rapidly becoming all the rage. Grapes from a 40-year-old Groenekloof vineyard, it’s bigger and bolder than many of its contemporaries, coming in at 15% abv and matured for 18 months in 500-litre barrels, 20% new. The nose […]

December 15, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Webb Ellis 2010

When I ask Neil Ellis if the Webb Ellis 2010 is the best wine to have ever come out of his cellar, he thinks for a while and then says, “To me, it’s more about emotion”. The wine has nothing to do with the Rugby World Cup and nor is it a collaboration with Gyles […]

June 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Thinking about Cabernet and Cinsaut

I had an interesting discussion at the Neil Ellis winery last Friday, waiting for the start of a tasting (including a new, fine and expensive wine called Webb Ellis 2010 – of which more some other time). In the first place, the chat involved me being a little more gung-ho about Stellenbosch wine in general […]

June 1, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2014

Editor Christian Eedes selects the most exciting wines he’s reviewed this year. WINE OF THE YEAR: Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 From ungrafted Chenin Blanc vines, the most profound modern-era South African wine yet. Read original review here. – – – A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011 Adi Badenhort’s cultivated eccentricity possibly gets in the […]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments
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