Neil Ellis Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon Jonkershoek – 2017

Region: South Africa - Stellenbosch

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.


92 Points

This is a rich and robust pour, with an intense nose of char, cigar box and pipe tobacco atop a core of black fruit preserves. It’s full and decadent in the mouth, with a robust, velvety palate that offers beautiful structure and fruity richness all at once. The finish is long and wood-fueled at the moment, but this has the stuff and overall harmony to do well over the medium term. Drink through 2031.

Wine Enthusiast, September, 2021
92 Points

Bursting with an impressive nose, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Jonkershoek Valley immediately shows layers of complexity with cassis, redcurrant, blackberry essence, red plum skin and dusty cherry tones before giving way to an undercurrent of dried herbs, pencil shavings and supporting oak tones in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is impeccably balanced with buttressing tannins that lift the expression and energetic acidity that gives way to a nuance of turned earth and dried hay on the palate. The wine offers finesse and elegance on the long, winding, dark berry-laced finish. Just under 8,000 bottles were produced of this charming wine. Give it a try.

© Wine Advocate, January, 2021
91 Points

Neil Ellis, the Cape’s first négociant winemaker in the 1980s, is one of the most prominent figures in the industry but it is increasingly his children who run the business, with son Warren in the cellar. Jonkershoek Valley Cabernet is prized, and this wine is intended to represent the estate’s finest quality, showing red and black fruit, violets and dried herbs on the nose while the palate is rich and broad with fine, mouthcoating tannins.  2020 – 2027

Decanter, August, 2020