2015 Ernie Els Cabernet
Know this guy? Of course you do. Arnold Palmer had his lemonade and tea, but Ernie likes his wine.
That’s right, famous golfer Ernie Els likes his wine. And likes his wine so much, he’s got a winery in his native homeland of South Africa. While traveling the European Tour, Ernie got to know the best of the best. When he got back to South Africa, he’d settle for nothing less.
At that time imports were a bit restricted in South Africa and finding First Growth Bordeaux was no easy task. What to do? If you’re Ernie Els, you build your own winery and vineyards in pursuit of First Growth Bordeaux. And by and large, many commentators agree that this is what Ernie has done. And heck, some of his wines go for $100 a bottle (and they’re worth it).
That all being said, Ernie also wants some of his wine to reflect his style, which he describes as “big in stature, gentle in character.” And that’s this wine—his Cabernet:
2015 was a landmark year in Stellenbosch, South Africa and this Cabernet shows it – opening from the nose with notes of baked plums, chocolate, cigar box and savory herb elements. The palate is broad and expensive, with enough tannins to let you know you’re drinking Cabernet, but retaining an elegant and smooth balance. If I had to compare, a top-quality Bordeaux Fifth Growth like Lynch Bages comes to mind – a seamless melding of fruit, savory, mineral and structure. It drinks perfectly well now (and even better the second day open), but I would hazard the guess that a decade in your cellar will not be too long.
This wine isn’t just a namesake, or a cashing in on worldwide fame. Ernie loves his wine, and this Cabernet demonstrates his passion for the project. We got a heck of a price. Enjoy!
“91 points. Editors’ Choice
“While this is currently slightly tight and closed, it shows the structure and elements to present a complete and well-balanced wine with a little time. Scents of charred plum skin, dark chocolate, cigar box and roast beef dance in the bouquet, while the bold, firm palate offers flavors of black fruit skin, cassis and char. Drink 2019–2022.” – Wine Enthusiast
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