Neil Ellis Groenekloof Cinsaut 2015
Technical Analysis
: Warren Ellis
Main Variety : Cinsaut
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.54
RS : 2.4 g/l
Total Acid : 5.2 g/l
Appellation : Groenekloof
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Medium
Taste : Fruity


Winemag Rating - 91/100

Tasting Notes
Medium intensity of colour with a bright crimson hue. The wine portrays a complex mix of red fruits, spicy notes and perfumy characters. Further interest beckons via subtle oaking. The palate is bright and youthful with cherry and fruit tart flavours. Fine grainy tannins add to the structure of the wine.
Blend Information
100% Cinsaut
In The Vineyard
The harvest season was characterised by healthy, ideal growing conditions and a cool, though lengthened, harvesting period without rain or prolonged heat. Days were moderate in temperature with cool evenings which resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Harvest commenced on 26th February 2015, almost a month earlier than usual. Grapes were harvested at 25.2°B with a total acid of 6.5 g/l and a pH of 3.4

The grapes were sourced from a south-west facing bush vine vineyard grown in decomposed granite and table mountain sandstone.
In The Cellar
Fermentation initiated in stainless tanks and underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration allowed before drawing off and light pressing. This wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels ( 500lit) (20 % new, 20% 2nd , 60% 3rd fill and older)

Bottled in September 2016
Additional Information
These limited release wines demonstrate the distinctiveness of specific vineyard sites and represent our finest quality. Groenekloof is situated near Darling on the West Coast and consists of a series of hills running parallel to the ocean which rise to 385 metres above sea level.

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