Neil Ellis Piekenierskloof Grenache 2012
Technical Analysis
: Warren Ellis
Main Variety : Grenache
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.5
RS : 2.3 g/l
Total Acid : 6.1 g/l
Appellation : Piekenierskloof
Type : Red
Style : Dry


2016 Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Report - 93 points

Tasting Notes

Medium intensity of colour with attractive brightness. The bouquet is a lively amalgam of Grenache perfumes and spice with gentle cedary notes. Elegently defined palate with a fine balance between weight and strength. Soft tannins with some savoury grip to finish.

Ageing Potential

Will richen both in perfume and body over the next few years.

Blend Information
100% Grenache
In The Vineyard

This wine was sourced from bush vines that were planted in 1954 in the Piekenierskloof. The soils are table mountain sandstone. 

About The Harvest

Harvest commenced on 27th March. Grapes were harvested at 24.7° B with a total acid of 7.0 g/l and a pH of 3.30.

In The Cellar

Fermentation initiated in stainless tanks and underwent a series of punch downs before completion of fermentation and malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This wine spent 17 months on 20% new, 20% 2nd , 60% 3rd fill and older barrels.

Bottled in November 2013

Additional Information

These limited release wines demonstrate the distinctiveness of specific vineyard sites and represent our finest quality. The mountain vineyards of Piekenierskloof are known to produce outstanding Grenache.

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