Neil Ellis Elgin Aenigma 2009
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Warren Ellis assisted by Neil Ellis
Main Variety : Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.54
RS : 2.0 g/l
Total Acid : 5.7 g/l
Appellation : Elgin
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full


Tasting Notes
Attractive bright colour with good depth and intensity. Spicy aromas with a hint of earthy complexity. Well integrated oak with an elegant palate. The palate is nicely textured with a complexity that holds interest.
Blend Information
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 13% Shiraz
In The Vineyard
Elgin is one of the Cape's coolest wine growing areas with favourable climatic, soil and topographic conditions.

The Vineyards
These vineyards are positioned on east-facing slopes of which the soil is mainly Bokkeveld Shale. The vines are trellised and have access to supplementary irrigation.

Grape varieties
This is a red blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot and 13% Shiraz.
About The Harvest
Harvest commenced as on 15 March and completed on 7 April. Grapes were harvested between 24.0°B and 25.5°B with a total acid of 7 – 8 g/l and a pH of 3.3 - 3.5.
In The Cellar
Fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks. The crushed grapes underwent a series of pump overs and punching after which the wine was racked off to tank and barrel to complete alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. This wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels of which 20% was new. The balance in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.

Bottled in November 2010.

Other Vintages
Neil Ellis Elgin Aenigma 2009 Warren Ellis assisted by Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Elgin Aenigma 2008 Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holder Cabernet Sauvignon
Neil Ellis Elgin Aenigma 2007 Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holder Merlot

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