2018 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Intense and dark in the glass, this wine shows blue and black berries with toasty cedar. The palate is weighted but balanced with freshness and fine, dense tannins.



2016 winter was the 2nd year of drought conditions in the Western Cape of South Africa with little rain that fell in the winter of 2016, followed by a relatively warm and dry summer. Early budding resulted in an early harvest season. During ripening the days were warm followed by cold evenings. Harvest commenced on 27 February 2017. Grapes were harvested at 24.8°B with a total acid of 7.3 g/l and a pH of 3.5. Yield: 5.5Tons/Ha Fermentation is initiated in stainless steel tanks. The crushed grapes underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration is allowed before drawing off and light pressing. Malolactic fermentation was completed in new French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Bottled in December 2018.


In an effort to identify the best possible site for Cabernet Sauvignon, the Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon is the top-performing Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch. The small, distinctive sites are enclosed in the valley of Jonkershoek where the south facing slopes are significantly cooler than the surrounding area of Stellenbosch.


Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming Sustainable