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ERNIE ELS, THE FORMER WORLD NUMBER ONE’S VINEYARD IS LOCATED IN THE “GOLDEN TRIANGLE” OF STELLENBOSCH, WHICH PRODUCES SOME OF SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST AWARD-WINNING WINES.
Ernie Els, former number one and four-time World Champion’s vineyard is located in the “Golden Triangle” of Stellenbosch, which produces some of South Africa’s most award-winning wines.
Wine and golf is a natural pairing brought together in clubhouses around the world. Many golfers would finish off a demanding (or undemanding) round with a satisfying glass (read: bottle) of wine overlooking some awe-inspiring vista with the sunlight beaming on one’s satisfied face. Even better, imagine if the wine was yours. All yours. You own the vineyards and one of the best regional vignerons makes the wine for you.
This is Ernie Els’ dream that launched in 2000 with his first vintage of the Signature - an imposing Cabernet Sauvignon blend that was immediately scored on release by Wine Spectator as the highest-rated South African wine yet with 90+ points. The Signature remains his flagship label and every single vintage has scored the same above 90 points.
Els called upon the services of Louis Strydom, winemaker and soon-to-be managing director of Ernie Els Winery and together the pair have built up a hearty portfolio which now includes the Proprietors’ Blend, the Signature and the Big Easy – so-called because of Els’ strapping 6 foot 3 build coupled with his easygoing demeanour. There is also his single-varietal range which champions Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Like any self-respecting South African wine, Els’ are big and expressive; the vines nestle on the sun-baked slopes of Helderberg Mountain but due to its proximity to False Bay, the grapes are also gently cooled by ocean breezes which slow down aggressive ripening and result in wines with excellent balance and concentration with abundant acidity.
Els’ collection is predominantly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-blends but the Big Easy range encompasses another vinous jewel in South Africa’s crown, Chenin Blanc. All the wines are to drink now, but his top labels, the Proprietor’s Blend and Signature will also benefit from longer ageing.
A research conducted by Vinexpo placed South Africa in the top 10 of Hong Kong’s biggest wine importing countries, making them more available than ever before. For Hong Kong’s wine and golf lovers, there appears to be no better time to drink these cape-crusading wines and as Els says himself, “Wine is like golf, in both endeavours nature has the last ruling.” The connection between golf and the sport of winemaking - both are played outdoors, a genteel setting that belies that challenge of finding success. You have to figure out how to manage your way around a property, adjusting for the variances thrown at you by a change in elements.
Ernie Els’ wines are available in Hong Kong via HK Golfer Store and free gift is included with purchase. Please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org