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South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10 producers bubbling under, either established properties enjoying a resurgence after being off form or new operations set for the big time. Arendsig Lourens van der Westhuizen is working hard to demonstrate […]

January 14, 2016
by Christian
with 8 Comments

The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015

The fifth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality […]

October 28, 2015
by Christian
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Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 2013

Is it possible to make too perfect a wine? Nico Grobler has been senior winemaker at Eikendal since 2009 and recently showed a vertical of his five Cab vintages which have been released to date. Grobler is an advocate of berry sugar loading as espoused by Alain Delloire, professor of viticulture at the University of […]

August 15, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2014: Top 10 wines

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Wealth is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Hartenberg The Eleanor […]

October 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Eikendal Classique 2012

Lunch yesterday with Nico Grobler of Stellenbosch property Eikendal to have a look at the newly released 2012 vintage of his Bordeaux-style red blend called Classique (R205 a bottle). This is a wine gaining in reputation all the time with the 2009 vintage judged not only best in class but best red wine overall at […]

July 1, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009

A super-geeky afternoon yesterday tasting 2007 through 2012 of Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay and 2009 through 2012 Eikendal Chardonnay. A fascinating contrast in styles, the Rustenberg typically featuring natural fermentation, around 70% new oak and full malo-lactic fermentation, the Eikendal  inoculated (as far as I’m aware), around 20% new oak and only 10% to 20% […]

June 17, 2014
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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 whenever they meet. Lorenzon is the fourth generation of his family to farm 6ha of middle-rank […]

November 28, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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