Ernie Els Wines Big Easy Blend 2017

Ernie Els Wines (Stellenbosch)

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Ernie Els Wines produces this Ernie Els Wines Big Easy Blend 2017 (£16.03), a red wine from the region of Stellenbosch vinified with cinsault, viognier, mourvedre and cabernet sauvignon from 2017 and has an alcoholic content of 14.56%. Drinks&Co users reviewed this red wine with 4 of 5 points.

Technical sheet · Ernie Els Wines Big Easy Blend

Type Of Wine: red wine
Vintage: 2017 Other vintages
Appellation:Stellenbosch (Western Cape,South Africa)
Winery: Ernie Els Wines
Volume: 75cl
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Viognier, Cinsault
Allergens: Contains Sulfites
Alcohol Vol.: 14.56%

Description · Ernie Els Wines

Ernie Els Wines Big Easy Blend 2017 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Viognier and Cinsault)


  • View: This berry-red wine shines in all shades of red in the right lighting. This unique colour is due to the large variety of grapes used in this wine.
  • Nose: A fruit-juicy scent, with a tinge of alcohol, is the main scent of this wine. One fruit scent that stands out is that of cherries. Other scents include chocolate, vanilla, and pepper.
  • Mouth: On the palate, bold fruit flavours, namely of cherries, dominate the tongue. Peppery oak spices cut the sweetness of the berries. All this is followed by a chalky aftertaste.

APPELLATION: Stellenbosch

VINEYARD: The Ernie Els winery is located in South Africa. The winery has several vineyards nearby that supply the grapes used in this wine. Since the vineyards are all in the same region, they were all treated to a cold dry winter and a warm dry summer.

GRAPES: 60% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Grenache, 5% Cinsaut, 5% Mouvedre, and 5% Voignier.

AGEING: The wine is first fermented in stainless steel tanks and later moved to oak barrels for 14 months. Drinkers may choose to continue to bottle-age this wine for up to five years.

PREPARATION: The grapes were first destemmed and crushed. The wine when fermented in stainless steel tanks. Yeast was added to aid in the fermentation. The maceration period is between 10-15 days before the wine is aged further in oak barrels for 14 months.

PAIRING: This wine pairs best with red meat, including steaks and roasts.


ALCOHOL: 14.56%

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Posted on at 04.31

4 /5

- The 2017 Big Easy is arguably the most serious and riveting vintage yet.
- The dry vintage was conducive to producing a superbly concentrated, beguiling wines that dazzle the senses.
- It is a shade darker with a black core, offering a brooding nose that takes time to unfold. Complexity is revealed with elegantly ripe blackberry, liquorice, fine Chinese spice and smoked herbs.
- A majority of Shiraz cloaks the palate with fruit-laden tannins, covered in melted milk chocolate and Morello cherries. 20% Cabernet Sauvignon adds a backbone of minerality and definition, while equal parts of Cinsault, Mouvèdre, Grenache and Viognier add a Mediterranean feel.
- It shows solid grip and power in its youth, suggesting up to a decade of maturation.

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Reviews about Ernie Els Wines Big Easy Blend 2016

Hayley Thompson
Hayley Thompson


I like sharing this red Coastal Region with someone special.
Intense ruby tone. The outstanding flavour is of red roses, without any doubt.. Oily, unctuous.
We paired it with meat but I would have prefered to pair it with another dish.

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