Neil Ellis Wines

Sauvignon Blanc Groenekloof – 2020

Region: south-africa

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Groenekloof is near Darling on the West Coast and consists of a series of hills running parallel to the Southern Atlantic ocean.

  • Bush vines without supplementary irrigation
  • Soils: Decomposed granite and clay, good water retention
Harvest Notes
  • Harvested January 27 – February 5
  • Grapes picked between 22 – 22.5ºB with total acid 8.0 g/l and pH 3.2 – 3.4
  • Juice racked and fermented at low temperatures
  • Filtered by flotation
  • Aged on lees 3 months before blending and bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw color with attractive green hues. Bright tropical citrus aromatics, with subtle undertones of fresh cut grass. The palate is elegant with delicately detailed citrus fruits and lively acidity, refined minerality and a poised palate. Completes with a textured and long, flavorful finish.

Pair with fresh seafood and summer salads.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 13.5%; Groenekloof is near Darling on West Coast and is a series of hills parallel to ocean; bush vines without irrigation; decomposed granite and clay soils; harvested end January – early February; low temperature fermentation; filtered by flotation; aged 3 months on lees before bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.26
  • Residual Sugar: 1.4 g/l

Reviews

91 Points

Aromas of red cherries, plums, black pepper and grated nutmeg. Medium- to full-bodied with juicy texture and gentle tannins. Nicely structured with good focus and a refreshing finish. Sustainable. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2022

General Info

Country South Africa
Region (1) Costal Region (2) Cape South Coast
Appellation(s) (1) Stellenbosch, Darling (2) Elgin
Proprietor Neil Ellis
Founded 1993
Winemaker Warren Ellis
Annual Production 50,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable