Neil Ellis Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch – 2019

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

Aromas of red and black cherry, milk chocolate and sweet paprika. Medium-bodied with fine, slightly tight tannins. Juicy and fresh, with subtle nutmeg and clove notes adding welcome complexity. I like the classic structure here. Drink now., December, 2022
92 Points

A fresh, focused red, with black currant and black raspberry fruit showing lovely purity. Offers sculpted tannins that create a sleek frame, while accents of violet, iron, milled pepper and black tea leaves provide fine detail and linger on the racy finish. Drink now through 2029.

Wine Spectator, March, 2023
18 Points

Full bottle 1,307 g. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec. TA 6 g/l, pH 3.47, RS 1.9 g/l.
Tasted blind. Rich and layered. Nuanced and quite exciting with a sweet, ripe tannic undertow. Long, clean, polished finish. 2024 – 2034, June, 2023
92 Points

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch is fresh and ripe with layers of blackberry and juicy plum aromas. It is full-bodied, offering notes of pencil shavings with a hint of graphite before swinging back to show juicy fruit flavors emanating in layers of complexity. The palate is balanced with a beam of energetic acidity that races to the long-lasting, juicy finish with persistent blackberry and dark cherry skin essences. Bravo! This is fantastic juice. 2023 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, July, 2023
91 Points

Firmly structured and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon opens with subtle notes of dried fruit and plums. It has nice chocolate nib flavors mixed with cranberry and blueberry. Additional flavors include a potpourri of herbs that lend savory notes to the aftertaste.

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2023