Neil Ellis Shiraz, Groenekloof 2012


  • Grape Variety: Syrah

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Neil Ellis Shiraz, Groenekloof 2012.

Decanter average score:
Neil Ellis and his son Warren make a varied and excellent range of wines using fruit from four different vineyard regions: Elgin, the Jonkershoek Valley, Piekenierskloof and, the source of this wine, Groenekloof, near Darling on South Africa’s Atlantic coast. This is one of two Neil Ellis ‘Shirazes’ from Groenekloof (there’s a Syrah in the winery’s pricier premium vineyard-selection series) and there’s also a third from cooler-climate Elgin. It is sourced from unirrigated, low-yielding bush vines on decomposed granite and clay soils and aged in larger, 500-litre French oak puncheons.
Tim Atkin MW Lovely, aromatic, red-fruits nose. Subtle, refreshing and complex graphite-like mineral palate. Well balanced, with low-key winemaking. Meaty and complex.
Guy Harcourt-Wood Rich, spicy, dark fruit palate. Complex, chalky tannins with balancing acidity. Warm, lingering finish.
Greg Sherwood MW  Dusty, chalky, graphite and woodsmoke notes. Minty, leafy sweet black plum and cherry spice. Textural and round, carries the alcohol well. Fragrant, sweet and complex. Palate complexity grows and grows.
Price: £15.99 All About Wine, Cape Wine & Foods, Islington Wines, SA Wines Online, Valhalla’s Goat
Drink: 2014-2022
Alc: 14.5%