Perhaps the most serious Ernie Els Signature yet, the 2014 is a brooding, powerful Bordeaux-style blend produced from prime vineyards in the Helderberg appellation of Stellenbosch. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, the purple edge and pitch black core immediately point to its unwavering nature and shadowy depth. Time in the glass uncovers notes of candied orange, cardamom, clove and black olives, leading to an intense palate that shines with graphite and cassis. It has a towering structure built on a foundation of crunchy tannins and pure fruit, all solidified by fine yet spicy oak. Long and rewarding, it finally ends with a touch of salted liquorice. This is best cellared for 5 to 10 years to allow the heady tannins to integrate further.