While the white wine under the entry-level Big Easy label from Ernie Els Wines has always been made from Chenin Blanc (maiden vintage being 2011), managing director Louis Strydom relates that the supermarkets initially advised that he should leave the varietal designation off the label and instead refer to it simply as “White” so as not to inhibit sales. More recently, however, they’ve backtracked on that and insisted that the wine be labelled as “Chenin Blanc” so quickly has the variety risen in popularity.
The current-release Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 in fact contains 15% Cinsault even though no reference is made to this on the label but my prediction is that this will change fairly soon, too.
The Cinsault adds cherry and candy floss notes to the cassis and fresh herb aromas that you’d expect from the Cabernet Sauvignon while the palate is juicy and fresh with soft tannins. It’s an uncomplicated and very appealing drop. Price: R85 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 86/100.
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