2010 Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.neilellis.com

Neil Ellis is a producer of wines in South Africa that has turned into quite  the family affair with his son, Warren, sharing the responsibilities as winemaker and viticulturist. Neil’s idea is that no single vineyard can truly satisfy all the needs of all grape varieties so he sources out fruit from some of the region’s top vineyard sites.

Technical Data: 

  • Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/l
  • Total Acid: 6.5g/l
  • pH: 3.4
  • Price: $16

Nose: Fresh-cut hay, grapefruit, white pepper, citrus and petrol.

Taste: This is a super-clean tasting Sauvignon blanc that combines many of my favorite elements of this varietal – it’s green, fruity with a splash of citrus. Front attack of grapefruit, fresh-cut alfafa hay, white pepper and lemon pulp. A very refreshing mid-palate perks up the senses and leads into a finish that lingers on quite well.