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2018 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon "Jonkershoek Valley"

Neil Ellis 2018 Jonkershoek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Neil Ellis

Vintage: 2018

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Jonkershoek Valley"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Jonkershoek Valley

State or country: South Africa

Price: $55

Cases produced: 1,000

KWG Score: 92 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: June 15, 2024

Wine Review: This very dark garnet colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Neil Ellis opens with a black currant and espresso bouquet with hints of stewed plum, pencil shavings, and fig. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, round and bright for a Cab. The flavor profile is a slightly tart red cherry and graphite blend with notes of black raspberry and cocoa. I also detected hints of black currant and red licorice. The finish is dry, and its acidity and dusty tannins are quite extended. This South African Cab would pair well with grilled lamb burgers. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Intense dark color. A pretty subtle, intriguing, and appetizing nose with blue and blackberries and typical cedar aromas from the Jonkershoek Valley. The palate is nervous and fresh, followed by a well-defined tannin structure. This is a wine built to last and early drinking would benefit with decanting. Pair with venison or ribeye on the bone.

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