The Left Bank - from Neil Ellis Wines

The Left Bank – 2018

Region: south-africa

The Left Bank - from 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. Neil owns vineyards and sources grapes from the regions of Stellenbosch and Jonkershoek Valley to produce the well balanced and easy to drink wines under The Left Bank label.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Multiple vineyards in the Western Cape region
  • Soils: Vary from mostly clay-loam to granite and shale
Harvest Notes
  • Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  • Pumpovers until dry
  • Further maceration before drawing-off and light pressing
  • Wine aged 14 months in combination of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fill French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

More than simply a wine, The Left Bank honors a particular lifestyle. Aromas of plums and berries with some spice add to the complexity of this wine, while it remains fresh and lively with well integrated oak. The palate is nicely textured with a complexity that holds interest.

Wine Summary

Blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault and Alicante Bouschet; alcohol: 13.5%; varying vineyards across the Western Cape region; fermented in stainless steel tanks; aged 14 months in 2nd, 3rd and 4th passage French oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 40% Shiraz, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cinsault, 2% Alicante Bouschet
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l
  • pH: 3.6
  • Residual Sugar: 2.3 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