Neil Ellis Wines

Sauvignon Blanc Groenekloof – 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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Groenekloof is situated near Darling on the West Coast and consists of a series of hills running parallel to the ocean
  • Bush vines are low-yielding without supplementary irrigation
  • Soils are decomposed granite and clay with good water retention
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest commenced February 6
  • Grapes harvested between 22 – 22.5°B with a total acid 0f 8.0 g/l and pH of 3.2 – 3.4
  • Juice was cleaned by means of floatation after it was racked and inoculated to ferment at low temperatures
  • Wine rested on lees for 3 months before blending and bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw-like color with attractive green hues. Bright tropical aromatics, with subtle herbaceous undertones. The palate is elegant with delicately detailed sweet tropical fruits and a lively acidity, refined minerality, poised palate, textured with a long flavorful finish.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 13%; Groenekloof near Darling on West Coast, a series of hills parallel to the ocean; soils decomposed granite and clay; bush vines without supplemental irrigation; juice cleaned by means of floatation after fermentation; aged 3 months on lees.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • TA: 6.9 g/l
  • pH: 3.4
  • RS: 1.6 g/l

General Info

Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation(s) Stellenbosch, Darling/Groenekloof, Elgin
Proprietor Neil Ellis
Founded 1993
Winemaker Warren Ellis
Annual Production 50,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable