Neil Ellis’s steadfast focus, on sourcing superior grape varieties from low-yielding, hand-picked vineyard lots in the Cape’s best sites, continues to manifest its merit with a steady stream of prominent awards for Neil Ellis Wines.
Two recent Gold Medals at the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London: for the Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2015 (maiden vintage from a single vineyard in Elgin) and the Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (new vintage release from Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch) are the latest in a long line of prestigious accolades affirming Neil’s ability to track down some of the best vineyard parcels in the country and turn them into outstanding wines; a fitting testament to an unwavering philosophy.
Celebrating more than 30 years of the Neil Ellis wine label, Neil Ellis has always sought out distinct sites where individual varieties excel. His search for the best grapes, grown in the best areas where the interaction of soil, topography and climate suit them best, led him to:
- Jonkershoek in Stellenbosch
- The cool non-traditional vineyard areas of Elgin and Darling
- Piekenierskloof in the Cederberg.
Today the same philosophy remains the mainstay of Neil Ellis Wines. Their best wines are still produced from grapes sourced from the same four areas:
The emergence of Elgin as premium Chardonnay terroir was clearly demonstrated at the Decanter South African Chardonnay Panel Tasting earlier this year, when Elgin producers dominated with five of the top seven wines, including the Neil Elis Whitehall Chardonnay with a whopping 95-point rating. Stellenbosch distinctly led the way in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, producing 14 of the top 15 Cabernets, including both the Neil Ellis Regional Stellenbosch 2014 Cabernet and the Terrain Specific Jonkershoek 2014 Cabernet (joint first with 92-points).