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South Africa, Stellenbosch

Neil Ellis

Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2012

Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2012 exceptional value, aged to perfection with a good number of years in front of it

Tasting Notes

With some bottle age this has really come together nicely and is hitting its stride with a good number of years in front of it. The nose offers an intriguing assortment of nuances to the cherry and plum fruit. Subtle notes of earth, wood smoke and spices reminding of clove and cinnamon stick create an aromatic interplay with ample fruit for freshness. Perfectly balanced between the fruit, acid and tannins, the palate is medium fuller bodied with the tannins now integrated perfectly with the fruit having just the right amount of tension to hold things together on the back end, while the mid palate is smooth and suave leading to a finish that is long with a savory graphite note adding some extra nuance. This should bring a lot of good drinking pleasure over the next two-three years.

Food Accompaniments

Braised beef short ribs, lamb chops

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

Tim Atkin MW
Lovely, aromatic, red-fruits nose. Subtle, refreshing and complex graphite-like mineral palate. Well balanced, with low-key winemaking. Meaty and complex.

Greg Sherwood MW
Dusty, chalky, graphite and woodsmoke notes. Minty, leafy sweet black plum and cherry spice. Textural and round, carries the alcohol well. Fragrant, sweet and complex. Palate complexity grows and grows

Winemaker Notes

Neil Ellis and his son Warren make a varied and excellent range of wines using fruit from four different vineyard regions: Elgin, the Jonkershoek Valley, Piekenierskloof and, the source of this wine, Groenekloof, near Darling on South Africa’s Atlantic coast. This is one of two Neil Ellis ‘Shirazes’ from Groenekloof (there’s a Syrah in the winery’s pricier premium vineyard-selection series) and there’s also a third from cooler-climate Elgin. It is sourced from unirrigated, low-yielding bush vines on decomposed granite and clay soils and aged in larger, 500-litre French oak puncheons.

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Chemical Analysis




14.5% alcohol by volume




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