2009 Ernie Els Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1088890 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is well defined on the nose with pure blackberry, raspberry and dark plum mixed with a touch of cedar. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry with saturated tannins, leading to a plush cranberry and raspberry finish. Drink 2012-2017.  (8/2011)

89 points Wine Spectator

 This is rock-solid, with dark, winey red and black currant fruit laced with licorice and sweet spice. There's nice grip on the finish. Drink now through 2012.  (9/2011)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2012 | Send Email
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Ernie Els proved his mastery of golf in his most from recent win at the British Open, but he also enjoys creating fine wines that, stroke for stroke, can compete with the best from California. His Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon showcases aromatic black currant and red plum fruits, layered and ripe on the palate followed by a note of cedar and lush spice, well-played against richly-polished, savory tannins. And of course, an 'exciting finish' as one would expect from this world class winemaker and golfer.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.