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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...]

Domaine Lorenzon Carline 1er Cru 2009


Bruno Lorenzon of Domaine Lorenzon in Mercurey, Burgundy wandered into the Eikendal cellar just before the 2008 harvest where he made the acquaintance of then assistant winemaker Nico Grobler and the two have been friends ever since trading ideas … [Read more...]

Eikendal Charisma 2011

Goes down like a homesick mole.

Eikendal Charisma 2011, a blend of 88% Shiraz, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Sangiovese and selling for R72 a bottle from the cellar, won best Shiraz-based blend and discovery of the show (best value gold) at the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine … [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 Janina Chardonnay Unwooded 2011


When encountering an unwooded Chardonnay, I can’t help referencing it against the wines of Chablis, the appellation comprising the most northern vineyards of Burgundy and typically making wonderfully fresh, austere wines. Locally, unwooded Chardonnay … [Read more...]