A quick Google search of “Celebrities who own wineries” brings us to a probably incomplete Wikipedia page of a list of celebrities who must enjoy wine so much that they bought or built a winery. Not surprising the list is over 60 and it doesn’t even include Donald Trump, who bought the old Kluge winery in Virginia.
One lesser known celebrity is South African golfer Ernie Els who owns Ernie Els Winery in (surprise!) South Africa. Now one thing you have to take into account when celebrities own winery’s is that people might buy the wine for the name. This will artificially increase the demand and therefore raise the price. I am not sure if anyone in particular says “hey, I really want Ernie Els’ wine” but the diehard golf fan might prove me wrong.
Underground Cellar recently did a deal with Ernie Els and I bought 1 bottle of the 2011 Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend from Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, & 5% Petit Verdot. A very interesting blend from South Africa. It is nothing like I have ever had.
Here are the tasting notes from the winery, which has archives but the 2012 is now on sale:
The 2011 Proprietor’s Blend exhibits an inky deep, black cherry hue and purple rim. Deep, exotic notes on the nose, whiffs of spear mint and flakes of dark chocolate compliment a melange of dense blue berry fruits. The strong Cabernet Sauvignon influence adds a salty liquorice attack following to cassis, grilled herbs and meaty edge from the dollop of Shiraz. Though full-bodied and rich, the mid-palate is fine and lively, leading to a polished, pure velvety, sweet-fruited finish.
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Color – Red with some purple hue.
Nose – Black currant with herbs and spice; maybe thyme.
Taste – Black cherry and cassis with some earthiness and a few herbs.
Finish – Long with medium to high acid and bold tannins.
Overall, this is a good fairly complex full-bodied wine that is also smooth. What more could you want? I would be interested in trying different vintages of this. A blend with this many grapes is going to have some wonderful years to come. A very good wine.