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Neil Ellis Insignium 2013

Exquisite parcels of Bottelary Tempranillo and Piekenierskloof Grenache were vinified
separately in open top fermenters. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked
into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation,
individual components were classified and selected for inclusion into the 2013 Insignium
blend. 17 months barrel maturation followed.

Auction Year: 2016

Neil Ellis Insignium 2012

Exquisite parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsaut noir were fermented separately
in open top fermenters. A series of punch-downs and pump-overs were employed to
manage extraction. Further maceration followed before racking to barrel for malolactic
fermentation. The wine spent 20 months in French oak barrels (300 litre and 500 litre).
75% first fill (Cabernet) and 25% older barrels (Cinsaut noir). Bottled in December 2013.

Auction Year: 2015

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2011

Exquisite parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were fermented separately in stainless steel fermenters. A series of pump overs and punch downs were employed to manage extraction. Further maceration followed before racking to barrel for malolactic fermentation. This wine spent 18 months in new French oak. Tasting Notes: Deep and generous red colour with a dark core. The aromatics reveal red and black fruits with fresh liquorice and black olive notes. The palate is seamless, sophisticated and stylish. Structure and texture weave into a tightly focussed, poised multidimensional continuum. Fine and persistent shaley tannins conspire with bright acidity. 40 cases of this wine were sold at the 2013 Auction.

Auction Year: 2014

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Pinotage 2011

Using a selection from high altitude cooler climate Jonkershoek vineyards, the major winemaking objective is to craft a wine that is both complex while young and yet has the capacity to evolve and mature admirably. Cold soaked for 4 days prior to natural fermentation using 25% whole bunches with no pressings included. The wine remained on gross lees for 9 months without SO2 in 50% new and 50% seasoned 500 litre French oak barrels. Total time in barrel, 16 months. Tasting Notes: Dark crimson, suggestively varietal. Brooding scents of sweet glazed fruit and dark cherry are released. Plush, well-rounded and balanced, sweet red-currant and cherry fruits. Texturally seamless, integrated oak and tannins conspire to impress. 40 cases were sold at the 2013 Auction.

Auction Year: 2014

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Pinotage 2011

This wine has been produced using a selection from high altitude cooler climate Jonkershoek vineyards. The major winemaking objective is to craft a wine that is both complex while young, yet has the capacity to evolve and mature admirably. Cold soaked for 4 days prior to natural fermentation, using 25% whole bunches with no pressings included. The wine remained on gross lees for 9 months without SO2 in 50% new and 50% seasoned 500 litre French oak barrels. The total time in barrel was 16 months. Tasting Notes: Dark crimson, suggestively varietal, brooding fruits of sweet glac?ed fruit. Scents of dark cherry are released. Plush, well-rounded and balanced, sweet red-currant and cherry fruits. Texturally seamless, integrated oak and tannins conspire to impress.

Auction Year: 2013

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2011

Exquisite parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were fermented separately in stainless steel fermenters. A series of pump overs and punch downs were employed to manage extraction. Further maceration followed before racking to barrel for malolactic fermentation. This wine spent 18 months in new French oak. Tasting Notes: Deep and generous red colour with a dark core. The aromatics reveal red and black fruits with fresh liquorice and black olive notes. The palate is seamless, sophisticated and stylish. Structure and texture weave into a tightly focussed, poised, multi-dimensional continuum. Fine and persistent shaley tannins conspire with bright acidity.

Auction Year: 2013

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2007

Exquisite parcels of Jonkershoek Valley fruit were separately vinified in open top fermenters. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where it completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and selected for inclusion into the 2007 Auction Reserve blend. 16 Months barrel maturation followed. Tasting Notes: Concentrated deep red colour. An already complex bouquet combines clean and rich blackcurrant, blackberry and a touch of vanilla oak. The amalgam of fruit flavours including plum, mulberry, redcurrant and blueberry is backed with just the right amount of clean oak. A finely poised wine expressing the characteristics of the Jonkershoek Valley.

Auction Year: 2012

Neil Ellis Rodanos 2007

Shiraz 61%, Grenache 39% Exquisite parcels of Jonkershoek Valley Syrah and Piekenierskloof Grenache were vinified separately in open top fermenters. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and selected for inclusion into this blend. 17 months barrel maturation followed. 100 cases of this wine were sold at the 2009 Auction. Tasting note: Deep in colour, this youthful elemental wine shows wonderful overlapping of aromas and flavours. Although oak is obvious on the nose, sweet ripe fruit is finely poised. Rich, ripe, generous soft mid-palate with a juicy impression is supported by layered complexity. Well defined fine-grained tannins will allow for continued evolving in the cellar over time. Drink now through to 2017.

Auction Year: 2011

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2007

Exquisite parcels of Jonkershoek Valley fruit were separately vinified in open top fermentors. Towards end of fermentation, the wine was racked into new oak where it completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and selected for inclusion into the 2007 Auction Reserve blend. 16 Months barrel maturation followed. Tasting note: Concentrated deep red colour. An already complex bouquet combines clean and rich blackcurrant, blackberry and a touch of vanillin oak. The amalgam of fruit flavours including plum, mulberry, redcurrant and blueberry is backed with just the right amount of clean oak. Long and persistent. Finely poised wine expressing the characteristics of the Jonkershoek Valley.

Auction Year: 2010

Neil Ellis The Graduate 2006

Winemaking Notes Exquisite parcels of Jonkershoek Valley Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon were separately vinified in open top fermenters. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and selected for inclusion into the 2006 Auction Reserve blend. 17 Months barrel maturation followed. Tasting Notes Deep in colour, this youthful elemental wine shows wonderful overlapping of aromas and flavours. The regional character of the Jonkershoek Valley is finely poised. The perfumed violet / mocha aromas, good concentration, savoury flavours and classically structured palate are in superb balance. Beautifully defined with its meaty nuances and fine-grained tannins will allow for continued evolving in the cellar over time.

Auction Year: 2009

Neil Ellis Rodanos 2007

Winemaking Notes Exquisite parcels of Jonkershoek Valley Syrah and Piekenierskloof Grenache were separately vinified in open top fermenters. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and selected for inclusion into this blend. 17 months barrel maturation followed. Tasting Notes Deep in colour, this youthful elemental wine shows wonderful overlapping of aromas and flavours. Although oak is obvious on the nose, ripe sweet fruit is finely poised. Rich, ripe, generous soft mid palate with a juicy impression is supported by layered complexity. Well defined fine-grained tannins will allow for continued evolving in the cellar over time.

Auction Year: 2009

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2005

Careful fruit selection before traditional fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks. Further maceration allowed before drawing off and light pressing. Maturation in tight grained French oak for 21 months followed by rigorous barrel culling before bottling in January 2007. Tasting note Deep red, purple in colour, the wine has high-toned blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas with touches of mint, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. A rich, ripe opulent but youthful palate has plumy fruit, a background of new oak and fine tannins. This is a multi-faceted wine that needs time to mature.

Auction Year: 2007

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Syrah 2003

Careful fruit selection before traditional punch down fermentation. Malolactic fermentation completed in new French oak barrels followed by a further 16 months maturation. Rigorous barrel culling before bottling. Tasting Note: Dark black cherry colour with the nose showing distinctive Jonkershoek Valley perfume. Stylish cedar oak blends well with savoury, earthy notes over plum and raspberry fruits. Impressively structured, layered and integrated with tannin and oak that are balanced, evident but not showy.

Auction Year: 2006

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2000

Medium red/purple in colour, the wine has the high-toned blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas with touches of mint, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. A rich, ripe opulent but youthful palate has plummy fruit, a background of new oak and fine tannins. This is a multifaceted wine that needs time to mature.

Auction Year: 2002