Neil Ellis is an icon of modern South African winemaking. He's been leading the field since 1984 and has won many awards. This is a flagship red – dry grown, very old, ungrafted bush vines means intense, bold fruit and spice in this ageworthy wine.
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Beyond the Label
Silky cherry and plum fruit, with grippy tannins and freshness
Dark cherry with floral highlights, smoky cedar and plum
Neil Ellis is a legend of South African winemaking and the first to gain 5 stars from the John Platter guide (the 'bible' for SA wines!) for Grenache. He made his first wine in 1984, selecting highest quality Stellenbosch grapes and renting cellar space. Today the winery is very much a family affair, with assistance from his children. They have won a huge haul of awards in the intervening years, including more 5 Stars, Golds and Trophies. This is a weighty, intense Grenache from Piekenierskloof vineyards that lie at a lofty 500m. Planted in 1964, the dry grown bush vines are all on original rootstock (very unusual). That, plus a drought vintage, all adds up to immense concentration. Aged 15 months in barrel, 25% new, this is a terrific red.
"Serious, dark, ageworthy Grenache from cool mountain vineyards from this iconic winemaking family"
Beth Willard Buyer for South Africa