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2011 Ernie Els Wines The Big Easy Red Blend Stellenbosch
Producer: Ernie Els Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
88(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(61% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 7% grenache and 4% each cinsault, mourvedre and viognier): Good dark, bright red. Brooding, inky aromas of blackberry, licorice and herbs complemented by a suggestion of dried berries. Silky on entry, then firm and a bit youthfully stunted in the middle palate, with black fruit, herb and spice flavors complicated by a leathery nuance. Sound acidity gives this wine good lift, but I'd wait a year or two before pulling the cork.