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Sunset Reflection

Through his many travels around the globe Ernie Els has been exposed to and appreciated some of the world’s greatest wines, a developing interest which inevitably led in one direction; in 1999 the concept of Ernie Els Wines was born. As one of South Africa’s leading ambassadors and most recognizable of faces in the world of sport, it was fitting that Ernie should choose Stellenbosch to produce his wines, with vineyards located high up on the northern slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The stunning new winery opened at the end of 2004.

With the help of award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom, they produced the maiden 2000 vintage of Ernie Els – a ‘classic’ Bordeaux blend. The intention from the outset was to focus on delivering a quality product that could hold its own in the company of the world’s finest wines. As demand for Ernie’s wines has grown, so has the range. The team was caught out by the unexpected level of demand for the inaugural vintage of ‘Big Easy’, a delicious, fruit-driven red blend which is now accompanied by a refreshing Big Easy Chenin Blanc and Rosé.

Guardian Peak / Englebrecht Els / Rust en Vredes vineyards are planted on a mixture of broken down granite (coming off the Helderberg) and shale. These soils with their slope and northerly aspect have over the years proven to be wonderful for red grape production. We are relatively sheltered from the harsh winds, and although we got whipped around in Mid November we didnt suffer any permanent damage. Our cultivar and root stock selections on these soils give us the grapes that our wine maker demands for our style. Many small components that can be blended as the seasons dictate to create our distinctive full bodied wines.

The vineyards have been a very busy place since last harvest. Our staff has undergone intensive in-house and institutional training and is now proudly showing off their new found skills we have spent a lot of time on re doing the trellising systems, pruning and shaping them before bud burst. Spring was a little later than normal (not a train smash) and the seaso
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Nature Friendly

Our property boasts: Wild areas, a natural forest, wetland, an oak orchard, and a river runs through it.

Organic / Biodynamic

We are striving towards sustainable viticulture my implementing appropriate organic and biodynamic principles. We apply the principles of 'Integrated Production of Wine' We are improving the microbial activity in the soil, biodiversity in the vineyard and optimize the vineyard canopy the natural resistance towards disease is increased.

Water Conservation policies

Borehole and agricultural water is used. Water usage is monitored. Supplementary irrigation takes place. Irrigation will be controlled by pressure bom results. All taps in the cellar are equipped with water saver, cleaning by high pressure. No rainwater is saved due to the river running though Rust and Vrede.

Recycling of dry goods

All glass and cartons are recycled. All vineyard and garden cuttings are turned into compost. All household waste are removed by a certified waste management company.

Actions to neutralise carbon footprint

We were the first private Estate with an underground cellar in South Africa. 10% of the property is natural forest and wetland. We have an oak tree orchard with trees varying in age from 1 to 300 years.

Social responsibility

We ensure all children of school going age attend school. We run a creche and have child care facilities for children. We sponsor and encourage R&V Soccer club. We continue ongoing training programs - pruning, forklift, chainsaw, tractor.