What I Drank Last Night
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Eikendal Classique 2012

Classy Classique.

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 … [Read more...]

Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009

Fighting fit.

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 … [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...]

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...]