The Left Bank - from Neil Ellis Wines

The Left Bank – 2020

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: Primarily clay loam with some granite and shale
Harvest Notes
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Pumpovers until dry
  • Additional maceration before drawing off and light pressing
  • Aged 12 months in combination of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fill French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Plum, red berries and violet aromas with some spice adding to the complexity of the wine. Fresh and lively with well-integrated oak. A nicely textured palate leads to complexity that holds interest. More than a wine, The Left Bank honors a dynamic lifestyle.

Pair with anything on the barbeque!

Wine Summary

43% Shiraz, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cinsault; alcohol: 13.5%; vineyards in the Western Cape region; grown in clay-loam soils with granite and shale; fermented in stainless steel tanks; pumpovers until dry, then additional maceration; light pressing; aged 12 months in 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 43% Shiraz, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cinsault
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.9 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