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, too.
Whereas the 2009 had Merlot in the ascendancy at 52% with the rest of the blend comprising 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 leads with Cabernet Sauvignon at 52%, followed by Merlot at 30% and Cabernet Franc at 18% – the three individual components spending 18 months in barrel (80% new oak) before being blended together.
Red and black berries and a touch of what can only be called cigar box on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with pure, perfectly delineated fruit, great freshness and super-fine tannins – I really like winemaker Nico Grobler’s understanding of grape ripeness. To be hyper-critical, the wine is extraordinarily primary at the moment and hence lacks a teeny-weeny bit of complexity but this should come with time. Score: 17/20.