Shiraz – 2014

Region: south-africa


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.

Grapes / Soils

100% Shiraz

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

This was sourced from a multi-vineyard blend from the Stellenbosch and Darling region.  The vineyard soils are mainly decomposed granite.

Harvest Notes

Fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks and underwent a series of pump overs until dry.  Further maceration allowed before drawing off and light pressing.

The wine spent 14 months in a combination of 2nd, 3rd  and fourth fill French oak barrels.

Bottled in August 2015

Winemaker's Notes

Medium intense color with plum red and crimson hues.  Lifted aromas of dark ripe fruit, pepper and spice are complimented by plummy notes.  Well balanced oak supports flavors of cherry, plums and fruit cake with sweet mid palate on the finish.

Technical Information

100% Shiraz

Alcohol:  14.5%

Residual Sugar:  2.1 g/l

Total Acid:  5.7 g/l

pH:  3.6

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