Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holder
Main Variety : Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.6
RS : 3.0 g/l
Total Acid : 6.0 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full


Tasting Notes
Vibrant colour with youthful purple hues. Bright aromatic sweet fruit with spicy varietal notes. Fine, elegant, nicely framed, attractive palate with cedary undertones.
Blend Information
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot
In The Vineyard
The Jonkershoek Valley and more specifically the south facing slopes are of the coolest sites in Stellenbosch. The vineyards are also influenced by southerly breezes during the summer months which has a beneficial effect. Further parcels of fruit are sourced from complimentary sites within the Stellenbosch area.

Trellised vineyards with supplementary irrigation grown on mainly decomposed granite soils.
About The Harvest
Grapes were harvested between 23.5°B and 25.7°B with a total acid of 7.2 – 8.1 g/l and a pH of 3.62.
In The Cellar
Fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks and underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration allowed before drawing off and light pressing. This wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels of which 25% was new. The balance in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.

Bottled in November 2011.

Other Vintages
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 Warren Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013 Warren Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 Warren Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011 Warren Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holder Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008 Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holder Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007 Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holder Cabernet Sauvignon

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