The Left Bank - from Neil Ellis Wines

The Left Bank – 2015

Region: south-africa

The Left Bank - from 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. Neil owns vineyards and sources grapes from the regions of Stellenbosch and Jonkershoek Valley to produce the well balanced and easy to drink wines under The Left Bank label.

Grapes / Soils

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

• The grapes are sourced from a multi-vineyard blend in the Western Cape region.
• The soils are mostly clay loam to granite and shale.

Harvest Notes

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

Winemaker's Notes

• A full bodied red wine with purple-red hues and good depth of colour.
• Concentrated red berry fruits of dark cherries, plums and spicy fruit cake flavours provide a lifted intensity.
• The nose is clean and pure with layers of rich dense fruits.
• Well integrated oak provides complexity.
• Fine soft tannins add structural focus and length.

Wine Summary

• Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot grapes.
• Vine age – planted 1995 – 2010.
• Grown on various types of soils.
• Mostly clay loam to granite and shale.
• Fermentation initiated in stainless tanks and underwent a series of pump-overs until dry.
• Further maceration before drawing off and light pressing.
• Aged 6 months in tank before blending and bottling.

Technical Information

• Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot
• Alcohol: 14.5%
• Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/l
• Total Acid: 5.6 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