Neil Ellis Wines
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. The eco-friendly winery produces wines from the regions of Stellenbosch, Darling, Darbanville and Elgin.
Grapes / Soils
85% Cabernet Sauvignon
The south facing slopes are significantly cooler than the surrounding area of Stellenbosch and a howling South Eastern wind during the summer months cools down the vineyards considerably, minimising vine disease and holding down yields. The soils are mostly deep, red clay soils. Vineyard altitudes range from 190m to 550m above sealevel.
- Multiple vineyard sites in Bottelary Hills and Jonkershoek Valley
- Well established trellis vineyards
- Southwest facing slopes
- Decomposed granite soils
- 2016 winter was 2nd year of drought conditions in the Western Cape, little rainfall
- Relatively warm and dry summer
- Early budding resulted in an early harvest
- Grapes harvested between 25 – 25.5° Brix and pH 3.45 – 3.57
- Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
- Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels
- Aging for 18 months in 25% new French oak barrels and the balance in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th used barrels
Showing what Stellenbosch as a collective can do with Cabernet Sauvignon, this award-winning wine celebrates the noble variety within a multi-vineyard blend. It pays tribute to the culture rich town of Stellenbosch from which grows a reputation of innovation, originality, resourcefulness and creativity; the core principles of winemaking.
Intense dark colour. The nose shows restraint, with aromas of complex black berry and cedary notes. The palate is tight and fresh followed by fine, dense tannins. This is a wine which is built to last and for early drinking would benefit from decanting.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon; alcohol: 14%; multiple vineyards across the Bottleary Hills and Jonkershoek Valley; decomposed granite soils on Southwest-facing slopes; malolactic fermentation in all new French oak barrels; aging for 18 months in 25% new French oak barrels.
- 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol: 14%
- TA: 5.4 g/l
- pH: 3.6
- RS: 1.4 g/l
A creamy, medium- to full-bodied red, fresh and balanced, with baked blackberry and black plum fruit, a hint of bay leaf and a smoky, charcoal-tinged underpinning that lingers on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2026.
Displaying a classic ruby core that fades to a lighter ruby edge, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a cheerful expression of bright red cherries, redcurrant and cassis tones on the nose, with a delicate dried herbal edge. Medium-bodied, the wine is straightforward with energetic tannins, showing its tendency to be food-friendly in youth. It ends with a lively, open-knit finish, delivering well for the price. Drink Date 2020 – 2025
An initial hint of singed black plum skin hits you on first nosing, followed closely after by notes of licorice root, cassis, cherry skin and brambly blackberry. The medium-weight palate is plush but structured, with framing tannins that yield a texture like crushed satin. Acidity picks up the freshness after the sip and through the close, which evolves to offer more wood spice and light char tones on the end. Enjoy now–2028.
|Region||(1) Costal Region (2) Cape South Coast|
|Appellation(s)||(1) Stellenbosch, Darling (2) Elgin|
|Annual Production||50,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable|