Neil Ellis Wines

South Africa

Neil Ellis is considered to be one of the most influential pioneers of the modern-day South African wine industry. His vision, the pursuit of quality, extended out of the cellar and into the vineyards where varieties would excel and best express a particular style of wine reflective of their environment. Today, the experience and knowledge of the past are applied to modern techniques and technologies for a new generation of winemaking. “Our vision remains to make distinctive, refined wines that are expressive of their terrain and rank amongst South Africa’s finest. A pursuit of quality, nothing less.”

Still very much involved in the active operation of the winery, Stephanie and Neill Ellis are joined by their children Warren (Chief Enologist), Charl (Commercial Director), and Margot (Brand Management). The team at Neil Ellis Wines believes in responsible environmental practices. They are committed to respecting the soil, cutting water use, recycling and reducing energy use and greenhouse emissions. They are a member of the IPW, a voluntary environmental sustainability program, and comply to their regulations.

Wines

Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc · Profile

The Groenekloof vineyards are located near Darling on the West Coast and consist of a series of hills running parallel to the ocean. These bush vines are low yielding vineyards, delivering a refreshing, well-structured wine with bright, tropical aromatics. The palate is elegant with delicately detailed tropical fruits and subtle herbacious undertones. A lively acidity and a refined minerality add to the complexity of the wine.

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SKU 830589

Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc · Pairing

The Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful, elegant aperitif and socializing wine. It pairs well with summer salads, grilled fish, poultry, and shellfish.

Groenekloof Syrah · Profile

The Syrah grapes from the Groenekloof vineyard were handpicked from low yielding bush vines. They produce a medium bodied wine with vibrant colours. The aroma is full of enticing dark fruit with contributing spicy undertones. There are lingering savoury notes in the long finish, accentuated by fine, elegant tannins.

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SKU 843990

Groenekloof Syrah · Pairing

This wine pairs very well with braised pork belly and roasted chicken. With its earthy tones, it also stands up well to Indian inspired cuisine.

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon · Profile

The aim with this wine is to show the potential of Stellenbosch as a region with Cabernet Sauvignon. It has an intense dark colour with youthful hints of purple. Aromas of complex black berries combine with notes of cedar. The palate shows fine, dense tannins leading into a long finish. Built to last and age, the wine will benefit from decanting when consumed at an early age.

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SKU 830591

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon · Pairing

The elegant tannins of this wine complement flavourful protein dishes such as grilled steak, roasted red meats, and venison.

Also available in a magnum bottle with attractive gift box.

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SKU 843704

Neil Ellis Bottelary Single Vineyard Pinotage · Profile

Just outside Cape Town lies the rolling hills of the Bottelary region, creating a unique terrain for the cultivation of Pinotage; one of the wild horses in grape varieties. This is where sun, slopes and sea breezes combine to produce an elegant, medium bodied and well-structured Pinotage that has been described as one of the best examples of the variety in the world. The Bottelary vineyard is planted with bush vines that are more than 20 years old and that grow on decomposed granite. This multi-faceted wine shows dark plum, cherry and blackberry fruit touched by elegant floral notes. The tannins are ripe, fresh and well-integrated, providing the perfect backbone and structure.

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SKU 859477

Neil Ellis Bottelary Single Vineyard Pinotage · Pairing

Great choice with pepper steak, osso buco, venison and game birds, roasted lamb, a traditional bobotie as well as any kind of South African braai.

Jonkershoek Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon · Profile

Jonkershoek is the family’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine displays an enticing, intense dark colour. The aroma is full of deep, underlying notes of blue and black berries, complemented by the cedar aromas that are typical for the Jonkershoek Valley. The berry flavours are through to the palate, supported by firm and smooth tannins, leading into an elegant, long finish.

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SKU 830593

Jonkershoek Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon · Pairing

A very unique partner to dark chocolate. Works great with roast beef, lamb, and venison. It stands up to ripe, mature cheese and – for those who are so inclined – and after dinner cigar.