Neil Ellis

Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch – 2018

Region: South Africa - Stellenbosch

Neil Ellis

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.


92 Points

This wine is intended to show what Stellenbosch is capable of collectively. It is not only a multi-vineyard wine but also includes just under 14% Petit Verdot. Cassis, some leafiness and a hint of oak on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit and firm but fine tannins, the finish long and dry.  2020 – 2026

Decanter, August, 2020
16 Points

Limpid mid-deep ruby. Espresso, coal smoke and graphite on the nose, with ripe, spicy black fruit. The ripe cassis, tobacco and cedar on the palate are dense enough for the powdery tannins, and there’s decent length too. A pretty classic South African Cabernet. (TJ) 14.5%  Drink 2021 – 2026

Full bottle 1,323 g. 86.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.7% Petit Verdot, from vineyards planted in decomposed granite soils, in the Bottelary Hills and Jonkershoek Valley. Harvested at 25–25.5 °Balling, with TA 7–7.8 g/l and pH 3.4–3.5. Crushed. Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks, with pumpovers until dry. Further maceration was allowed before drawing off and light pressing. Malolactic fermentation was completed in French oak barrels. 18 months in 25% new French oak with the balance second-, third- and fourth-fill. Technical cork. TA 6 g/l, pH 3.5, RS 1.8 g/l., February, 2022