The Left Bank - from Neil Ellis Wines

The Left Bank – 2019

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Multiple vineyards in the Western Cape region
  • Soils: Primarily clay loam with some granite and shale
Harvest Notes
  • Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  • Pumpovers until dry
  • Further maceration until drawing off and light pressing
  • Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels, the balance in 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of plums and berries with some spice add to the complexity of this wine. It remains fresh and lively with well-integrated oak. The palate is nicely textured with a complexity that holds interest.

Wine Summary

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 3% Syrah; 13.5% alcohol; multiple vineyards across the Western Cape region; predominantly clay loam soils with some granite and shale; fermented in stainless steel; pumpovers until dry, then further maceration; aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels, the balance in 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels.

Technical Information
  • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 3% Syrah
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.68
  • Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/l

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