Eikendal, Classique, StellenboschEikendal
Variety: 52% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vineyards and Viticulture:
Grapes are sourced from 5 sites facing East to West to maximize sun exposure. Situated on slopes 155 meters above sea level, the 12 year old vines are trained on a vertical shoot positioning system. Planted on the unique ‘Koffieklip’ soil that is iron rich, with good water retention but poor drainage. Drip irrigation is used in the vineyards. Hand harvested in early morning.
Grapes were de-stemmed and cold soaked for 5-10 days. Fermented in small stainless steel tanks for 21-30 days between 25-30°C, followed by soft pressing. Matured on lees for 14-18 months in a combination of old and new Burgundian oak barrels (300 litres), of which 20% were 2nd and 4th fill. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
Sweet, ripe black and red fruits aromas with spicy, earthy and mineral notes. Concentrated, complex palate with good structure, firm tannins and a velvety, balanced finish.
Serving Suggestion:Finest roast or grill, lamb, mature cheese, gently spiced dishes