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The High Road Director’s Reserve 2011

The High Road, the négociant operation with winemaking facilities in the Bosman’s Crossing mixed-use development in Stellenbosch has just released its 2011 vintages. As with previous vintages these are likeable if not super-complex. The High Road Classique 2011 Price: R115 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 12 months in second-fill French oak. [...]

September 8, 2014
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The High Road Classique 2010

Do different wine competitions apply different aesthetics when it comes to deciding which wines get rewarded? You bet they do. The flagship Director’s Reserve 2010 from Stellenbosch négociant label The High Road won double gold at Veritas last year while the second-label Classique 2010 featured at the French-judged TAJ Classic Wine Trophy Awards earlier this [...]

April 9, 2014
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Eikendal Classique 2011

Eikendal, with Nico Grobler still relatively new as head of viticulture and winemaking, is on a roll and 2013 has been a particularly good year with Charisma 2011 judged best Shiraz-based blend at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Bordeaux-style red blend Classique 2011 being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014. Yesterday a tasting [...]

December 11, 2013
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Eikendal Classique 2010

The Classique 2009 from Eikendal in Stellenbosch cleaned up at last year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show winning best Bordeaux-style red blend as well as best red wine overall and the newly released 2010 (R165 a bottle) seems set for greatness, too. Whereas the 2009 had Merlot in the ascendancy at 52% with the rest [...]

February 21, 2013
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Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Jolly good lunch next to the dam at Eikendal in Stellenbosch today. This cellar, under the new regime which sees Nico Grobler as viticulturist and winemaker, is shooting up the charts. Among numerous other awards this year, gold for the Chardonnay 2011 and trophies for best in class and best red wine overall for Bordeaux-style [...]

December 13, 2012
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Eikendal Classique 2008

Eikendal has long kept a low profile despite the wines having been of more than passable quality. How to explain this? In recent times high winemaker turnover has not helped the cause of this Stellenbosch property, the long-serving Josef Krammer replaced by Lizelle Gerber in mid-2002, Gerber replaced by Henry Kotze in mid-2004 after she [...]

July 12, 2011
by Christian
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