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South Africa, Stellenbosch

Neil Ellis

Neil Ellis 'Vineyard Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Neil Ellis 'Vineyard Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 another exceptional offering

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2015
The Jonkershoek Valley is clearly a special site for Cabernet Sauvignon, given the consistent quality of this wine. Mint, cassis and very pure Cabernet flavours, with 8% Petit Verdot adding colour and tannin. Plush and svelte with a cedarwood backdrop. Drink: 2015-22.
4 ½ Stars 2016 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Masterly 12 has ripe berry aromas & lingering flavours tempered, restrained & made more complex by superbly handled all-new oak maturation. Properly dry, but grandly reserved rather than austere. Deserves time, as it has a long, fine future. Jonkershoek Valley fruit.
92 pts Wine Spectator 9/30/16
Dark and winey, showing good energy as mouthwatering bramble and savory notes race through the core of dark currant and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors. Reveals a strong graphite edge on the finish, with an echo of singed bay adding range. Still has some unwinding to do. Drink now through 2020. 60 cases imported.
91 pts Vinous-Stephen Tanzer June 2015
(14.5% alcohol; 100% new oak; includes 5% Petit Verdot): Good full ruby-red. Deep aromas of cassis, boysenberry, huckleberry, licorice, flowers and woodsmoke. Big, rich and deep, with boysenberry and violet flavors dominating. Harmonious acidity gives the middle palate a smooth texture, and the serious, rich tannins arrive late. This vinous, juicy wine is nonetheless still youthfully tight.

Winemaker Notes

Medium red, purple in colour with high-toned blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas and touches of mint, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. The rich, ripe opulent but youthful palate has plummy fruit, a background of new oak and fine tannins.

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Chemical Analysis




14% alcohol by volume



Cabernet Sauvignon

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