Ernie Els Wines

As a leading South African ambassador and one of the most recognisable faces in the world of sport, Ernie Els has long demonstrated a passion for excellence. His focus, discipline and commitment have led to extraordinary golf success, and these same qualities are evident in Ernie Els Wines. Through his many travels around the globe Ernie has been exposed to, and appreciated, some of the world’s greatest wines and in 1999 decided to pursue this passion for fine wine with the creation of Ernie Els Wines. Ernie befittingly chose Stellenbosch, the noble heart of South African wine to base his operations. We invite you to share his vision, and with that, welcome to Ernie Els Wines! Wines on offer:
  • Ernie Els Big Easy Rose 2016
  • Ernie Els Big Easy White 2016
  • Ernie Els Big Easy Red 2015
  • Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Ernie Els Merlot 2014
  • Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • Ernie Els Propierters Blend 2013
  • Ernie Els Signature (1.5l)

Ernie Els Big Easy Rose

Perfect summer sipping wine that’s vibrant and fruity made of  a juicy blend of Shiraz & Viognier with plenty of crushed red berry flavours and a soft dry finish.

Ernie Els Big Easy White

The Big Easy Chenin Blanc is punchy and concentrated in the dry 2018 vintage. Ripe kumquat, summer melon, straw and hints of spice on the nose lead to a deep, fruity palate. It is crisp and fresh, but offers a soft and creamy mouthfeel. The fruit is ripe and easy-going, and the palate is dry and savoury, suggesting excellent versality with food.

Ernie Els Big Easy Red 

A delicious mouthful of dark fruit flavours combining the intensity and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with wilder, spicier Shiraz character.

Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc 

Succulent juicy dark berry fruit, dark chocolate, cinnamon spice and ripe plums fill the glass supported by a medium to full-bodied structure that is textured but approachable and tremendously easy drinking.

Ernie Els Merlot 

The previous growing season had its challenges, which seemed to roll over into the 2016/2017 growing season with the continuation of the drought. Winter 2016 was quite dry with even less rain than the previous year. Spring was an illusion as we basically went straight into warmer summer days. Bud burst was good due to sufficient soil moisture, but with the warmer spring/summer weather the soil started losing moisture quickly which naturally reduced shoot growth. The vineyard then naturally focuses its energy on developing and ripening the small bunches. Smaller berries led to more concentrated colour and flavour. The dry conditions also led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall. With moderate, but warm days during December and January we saw the start of harvest return to its normal date. The uninterrupted warmth during harvest also helped the bunches reach optimal ripeness while the berries steadily developed its flavours over a slightly longer period of time. The white wines from the 2017 vintage appear astoundingly good, with great structure and good flavours.

Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon

Red berry fruits billow from the glass with classic cigar notes over elegant crushed dried herbs, black cherry and ripe plums with red cherry freshness. The entry is inviting, fresh with a vibrant youthful energy of bouncy red fruit and an earthy undertow. As the wine evolves in the glass there is an attractive tension between red and black fruit with a hint of liquorice over a linear focused and dry finish.

Ernie Els Propierters Blend

Challenging conditions led to a reduced wine grape crop for South African producers in 2016, but grapes were healthy and the concentrated flavours promise good wines. The weather was very warm, especially from the end of October towards the end of January, which restricted the growth and constituted lower bunch masses and smaller berries. However, the dry conditions led to the vineyards and grapes being healthy overall, and although the harvest period started and ended slightly earlier, the wines from the 2016 appear to be quite good, with good structure and flavours.

Ernie Els Signature (1.5l)

The flagship Bordeaux-styled blend, Ernie Els Signature is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and a dash of Cabernet Franc revealing complex layers of dark brooding blackcurrants, candied orange, cardamom, clove and dark olives embellished by integrated spicy oak and smooth ripe tannins.