Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2014
By Christian Eedes, 18 October 2016
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 smokiness and some musky perfume in the background – it’s all there. There’s a robust quality to the palate but it’s not too weighty – lovely fruit purity, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Outstanding quality relative to price given that it sells for around R100 a bottle.
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