ENGELBRECHT ELS - 2004
South African Ernie Els Proprietor's red blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Shiraz, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. 14.5% alcohol.
Deep, dark color with black cherry, blackberry and blue fruit on the nose. Very fine tannins. Wonderful blackberry, cassis, black currant, black cherry, wild berries dance on the palate. Hints of smokey bacon, licorice and gorgeous fresh plum on tip of the tongue. Some nice oak on the finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
A very well rounded wine that retails for around $28 a bottle. The higher end Engelbrecht traditionally brings a bit more lushness, depth and complexity, but this is a stellar offering for significantly less money. An impressive wine.