Louis Strydom has gone back to the traditional style made on the foothills of the Helderberg mountain, where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault were planted together from around the 1920’s, and the two varieties were later blended together to make a wine that is softer and rounder in style for early enjoyment. By the mid 1970’s this style was so popular, that Cinsault was one of the most widely planted varieties in Stellenbosch. Over the years Cinsault has all but disappeared in Stellenbosch, but now almost 50 years later, Ernie Els have replanted Cinsault to revive the traditional ‘Helderberg red blend’ style. This Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon has up to 15% Cinsault blended in to be true to the history of the Helderberg red blend, as well as provide an extension of Ernie Els’ vision to be the best Cabernet Sauvignon producer in South Africa.
Ernie Els Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
30 in stock (can be backordered)
The Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 is rich fruited, with lovely intensity. Notes of graphite over nice dark brooding fruit. Attractive oak aromas, cedar, spice as well as ripe plum/dark fruit and an attractive warmth to the nose. There is an attractive herbaceousness, plus a hint of good reduction. Super youthful in appearance, almost purple edged colour. The aroma exudes a sense of quality. The palate follows, with quiet red fruit which is tangy and bright on the palate. As the wine opens the fruit and earthy notes integrate more. The wine is serious, but easy drinking with soft tannins and becomes quite juicy, yet refined. Wonderfully youthful, energetic, with a lingering graphite/lead pencil finish.