The grapes were brought in when perfectly ripe. A careful selection was then made so that only the best found their way into the wine cellar. The bunches of grapes were destemmed, and then delicately crushed to extract the juice. Each grape variety was vinified separately. The wine was next aged 24 months in new French oak barriques (according to the specific style that was being sought) and received a great deal of special cares: racking, clarification and occasionally filtering. Once this ageing has brought out the wine’s aroma, it was bottled, and thereafter aged slowly for another year in the bottle.
Sugar: 2.6 g/l
Total acid: 5.7 g/l
Alcohol: 14.3 vol%
Eikendal Classique is an elegant, well-balanced Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Marvellous full flavours are entwined throughout, with strains of oak, spice, chocolate, tobacco and mint, all leading to a very smooth finish. It shows a rich, well-structured body, and fine tannins.
Eikendal Classique is delicious right now, although newly bottled, shows an excellent shows potential for maturation during the next 5 – 10 years.
Recommended temperature is a maximum of 18° to 19°C. Decant before serving.