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The High Road Director’s Reserve 2011

In celebration of a peaceful transition to democracy.

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 … [Read more...]

The High Road Classique 2010

As the name suggests.

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 … [Read more...]

Eikendal Classique 2011

East-west, Eikendal Merlot is best.

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 … [Read more...]

Eikendal Classique 2010

In focus.

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, … [Read more...]

Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Reason for a party.

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 … [Read more...]

Eikendal Classique 2008

Fruit driven.

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 … [Read more...]