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Ernie Els scores top marks with this perfect “19th hole” vintage

by , 27 May 2014

Trophies… Country Clubs… Big swings… These are just some of the things South Africans associate with legendary sportsman like Ernie Else.

But if the “Big Easy” isn't a name you automatically associate with top red wines, it should be.

Here's why…

Ernie Els is more than just a golfer; he’s a top winemaker too!

“While men may dream different dreams, they are driven by the same quest: To reach for, and to accomplish perfection!” Those are the words legendary SA golfer, Ernie Els, lives by. 
So it came as no surprise when the sporting legend turned his attention from the illustrious pursuit of the perfect round of golf, to doing something just as difficult: Making the perfect wine. 
It started in 1999. After years of travelling and sipping on some of the finest wines on offer in the world, Els decided to take the plunge and pursue his passion for fine wine in the heart of Stellenbosch. He paired up with award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom and, in 2000, (the same year Els was awarded honorary life membership to the European Tour) they produced their maiden vintage: A classic Bordeaux blend. 
The rest is history. 
From day one, Ernie Els Wines were as much of a hit with wine lovers as Els is on the fairway. 
And now, wine experts expect the vineyard’s latest offering to become just as much of a legend as the man himself.

The Ernie Els 2012 Proprietor’s Syrah is setting tongues (and taste buds) wagging

Hinging off the success of the 2010 vintage, the Ernie Els Proprietor’s Syrah 2012 (released for the first time in February this year) is a masterpiece. 
Here’s what Fine Wine Merchants & Cellarers representative Roland Peens had to say about it when he first tasted the group’s 2012 Proprietor’s Syrah: 
“[The wine] immediately leaps from the glass with layers of mocha, cinnamon and dense spicy fruit. The palate shows a contrast of dried sage over maraschino cherry in an exotic, graphite-like body. Rich, glossy black and blueberry fruits stain the glass, offering powerful depth against the backdrop of mouth-coating, succulent tannins. The finish is bold and lingers for minutes with primary red fruits and a hint of fine espresso foam. Impressive now, expect 3-5 years to add more complexity and fine balance.”
Like all Syrahs, it partners well with ribeye steak, lamb chops, German bratwurst and rich beef stew. So the next time you’re discussing Els’ latest blazing round of golf at the 19th hole, toast the man with his own top red wine.

You’re sure to feel like you just scored a “hole in one” when you do. 

PS: Have you joined the The FSP Wine Club yet?
Today, we’re opening the doors to a new and very special ‘club’. 
This club gives FSP Invest readers the chance to better enjoy something that’s given us all a lot of pleasure over the years. 
That’s right, we’re inviting you to join us at the FSP Wine Club. And you can join it free, here. 

Ernie Els scores top marks with this perfect “19th hole” vintage
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