In the 1980's Neil Ellis was considered a pioneer because of his “different” way of thinking and courage to challenge the conventional boundaries. Today, three decades later, Neil is still as passionate, hopeful and witty as years ago when he began to pursue the dream of his own wine. ELONA HESSELING spoke to Neil and his son, Warren Ellis, about what the future holds.
South African Chenin blanc wine is known for its exuberant diversity of styles. To better understand this diversity, and to provide pointers to the wine industry for future style developments, a significant amount of research into the sensory properties and the chemical nature of Chenin blanc wines has already been accomplished at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Department of Viticulture and Oenology (IWBT-DVO), Stellenbosch University (SU).
When it comes to judging wines, there are many methods to the ‘madness’. These can range from fully sighted tastings, to completely blind evaluations, whereby the tasters know absolutely nothing about the wine in the glass.