Ernie Els Big Easy Red Magnum
As the name suggests the Ernie Els Big Easy Red is bold in flavour and yet easy in demeanor. Pure, ripe, purple and red fruits immediately leap out the glass in an array of complexity, amplified by hints of rose-petals and boiled sweets. Warm notes of milk chocolate and roasted coffee round off wonderful complexity and depth. The Syrah-dominated palate is juicy and succulent, with the Cabernet Sauvignon backbone providing an inky structure. A dash of Rhône varieties give a dried provençale-herb edge to the exquisitely balanced finish.
- Country: South Africa
- Region: Coastal Region
- Subregion: Stellenbosch, Durbanville & Perdeberg
- Vintage: 2018
- Colour: Red
- Grape Variety: Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache/Garnacha, Cinsault, Mourvèdre/Monastrell, Viognier
- ABV: 14.5%
- Bottle Size: 150cl
- Closure: Natural cork
- Style: Boisterous and enjoyable
- Drink With: Shepherd's pie
The Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Viognier were sourced from the Helderberg region, within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Cinsault was also obtained from various sites in Stellenbosch. Grenache was grown in both Wellington and Stellenbosch vineyards. Each grape variety was vinified and aged separately before blending and bottling. Overall, the Ernie Els Big Easy Red spent 14 months in wood – 80% in 300 litre French oak barrels and 20% in 300 litre American oak barrels.
About the grower
Ernie Els Wines was established in 1999, and from the outset the intention was to produce world class wines that mirrored the quality of some of the world's greatest bottles he had been fortunate enough to enjoy whilst playing. On his travels around the world, Ernie has been a great ambassador for South Africa and it was his desire that his wines do the same. The focus, discipline and commitment that Ernie displayed during his golf career were all brought to bear on his new project. Ernie chose Stellenbosch, right at the heart of South African winemaking, to create his winery and vineyards and for those of you lucky enough to visit the estate on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain you'll find it manicured to perfection, both inside and out.
Louis Strydom is the man who crafts the wines at Ernie Els Wines and, ever since the first vintage in 2000, he has been regarded as one of the finest winemakers in the Cape. Ernie's love of Bordeaux is reflected in the choice of grape varieties planted and the wines produced at his estate, but they are all stamped with the unique hallmark of South Africa.