Chardonnay – 2016

Region: south-africa


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, Darling, Darbanville and Elgin to produce the well balanced and easy to drink wines under the Sincerely label.

Grapes / Soils

100% Chardonnay

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

A multi-distinct blend with fruit sourced from Darling, Stellenbosch and Paarl.

Harvest Notes
  • The juice was handled reductively and left to settle for 3 days after which it was racked and inoculated to ferment at low temperatures.
  • Left on the lees for 3 months before blending and bottling.
  • Bottling date:  June 27. 2016
Winemaker's Notes
  • Attractive green tints.
  • Tight lemon and lime aromas with green apple.
  • A focused palate with citrus fruit and an elegant long finish.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1995 – 2010.
  • Grown on various types of soils.
  • Juice was allowed to settle for 3 days, was racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures.
  • Aged on the lees in tank for 3 months before blending and bottling.
Technical Information
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Bottled Alcohol:  13.63%
  • Residual Sugar:  3.2
  • Total Acid:  5.8
  • pH:  3.31

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