SA Rugby White 2011 and Red 2010 from Ernie Els Wines
By Christian Eedes, 19 September 2011
Ernie Els Wines in Stellenbosch has been awarded the licence to produce two SA rugby wines: a Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and a Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.
The Sauvignon Blanc (which bears a white label akin to the change strip of the Springboks) is nice enough with ripe granadilla fruit and moderate acidity while the red blend (green label with gold capsule – wonder where they got that idea from?) is uncomplicated stuff with very ripe red fruit and little tannic grip. I scored the former 15/20 and the latter 14.5/20.
The wines aren’t exactly cheap with the Sauvignon set to retail for R59.99 and the red for R79.99 so probably only for the most devoted of Bok fans.