Overview of the Wine
Neil Ellis is a South African wine industry icon and one of the early pioneers to bring quality levels up to world class standards. The winery sits 5 miles east of the town of Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley. It was founded in 1993 with the philosophy to source grapes from the top growers of the region. Neil owns vineyards and sources grapes from the regions of Stellenbosch, Darling, Darbanville and Elgin to produce the well balanced and easy to drink wines under the Sincerely label.
In 1986, Neil Ellis took a calculated leap of faith into the wine negociant arena, buying and vinifying grapes from selected vineyards and marketing these hand-reared wines under his own label. Mindful that exceptional terroir and assiduous vineyard cultivation form the bedrock of great wine, Neil forged long-term supply partnerships with top grape-growers in premium areas.
In the very year Neil Ellis set out as a negociant, his future partner Hans Peter Schroder purchased the Stellenbosch wine estate, Oude Nektar, in the spectacular, viticulturally-ideal Jonkershoek Valley. This coincidence gained fresh resonance some years later when Neil and Hans finally met. Neil, recipient of many accolades since flying solo, had outgrown his leased cellar; Hans, in search of a like-minded partner for a quality-focused winery, had extensive cellar facilities. From this synergy emerged a unique joint venture: Neil Ellis Wines.
Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards they have focused on producing the best wine possible and sourcing the grapes from top quality growers. Recognizing that different grape varieties thrive under different soil and climate conditions, from the company's start their philosophy has been to locate those areas that produce a distinctive grape quality and work closely with quality-minded growers in those areas.
- The juice was handled reductively and left to settle for 3 days after which it was racked and inoculated to ferment at low temperatures.
- It was left on the lees for 3 months before blending and bottling.
- Bottled in May 2017.
- Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
- Vine age – planted 1995 – 2010.
- Grown on various types of soils.
- Juice was allowed to settle for 3 days, was racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures.
- Aged on the lees in tank for 3 months before blending and bottling.
Grape / Blend
100% Sauvignon Blanc
This is a multi-distinct blend with fruit sourced from Durbanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Attractive pale straw like color with a healthy green hue. The aromas are those of late summer fruits with subtle herbaceous overtones. The overall impression is of a lively balance of fruit, elegance, and freshness with balanced acidity.
Product size: 750ml