Sauvignon Blanc – 2020

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

A multi-district wine, fruit sourced from Darling, Dubanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

  • Vines planted between 1995 – 2010
Harvest Notes
  • Juice handled reductively and left to settle for 3 days
  • Sauvignon Blanc racked and inoculated to ferment at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks
  • Semillion lots were barrel fermented
  • Juice aged on lees for 3 months before blending and bottling
  • Bottled January 2021
Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw like colour with attractive greenish hues. Bright tropical aromatics, with subtle citrus and overtones. The palate is elegant with delicately detailed sweet tropical fruits and a lively acidity, refined minerality, poised palate, textured and a long flavoursome finish.

Wine Summary

88% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% barrel fermented Semillion; alcohol: 13%; fruit from Darling, Durbanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch districts; vines planted 1995 – 2010; juice handled reductively with 3 days’ settling; Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures; Semillion barrel fermented; aged on lees 3 months before blending and bottling; bottled January 2021.

Technical Information
  • 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Semillion
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • pH: 3.0
  • Total Acidity: 6.7 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.7 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