Monday, January 5, 2009

2004 Eikendal Vineyards Classique Stellenbosch

Type: Red
Producer: Eikendal Vineyards
Variety: Red Bordeaux Blend
Designation: Classique
Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
SubRegion: Stellenbosch
Appellation: Stellenbosch
Price: $20.00
From: The Wine Spies

The Little Wooden Guy is pleased to introduce you to this fascinating wine from South Africa.

Night One

The nose, is a little green, reminiscent of a South American, rather than South African, red. Past that there are definite blackcurrants, a bit of green olives, and some cloves.

Interesting. A blend of red and black fruits, blackberries and blackcurrant, plus the bright tart acidity of cranberries. There is also fair amount of cedar. Cocoa, then coffee, show up on the mid-palate. Tart red fruit lingers on the finish.

The overall impression is a very fresh bright acidic wine, but it carries that off without being thin or just fruity, a la Beaujolais. No, this is far more full-bodied, bringing firm tannins and a good mouth feel along with the fruit.

I am quite interested in seeing what happens on Night Two with this one.

Night Two

Again, the nose starts out green. It really has not changed much from Night One, blackcurrants, green olives and some cloves. It is a little more floral, some violets added to the mix.

Night Two finds the wine a little softer, a little darker. There is still a nice blend of red and black fruits. The acidity is a little less obvious, the fruit sweeter. Vanilla joins the cocoa and coffee on the mid-palate.

This is nice wine.

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