“Eisen & Viljoen is an elegant, complex, fruit driven, Bordeaux-style red blend with a refined structure made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes grown in selected portions on specific blocks on our estate.
A combination of natural flavours, grape sugar content, colour and acidity is fundamental to our approach of minimum interference in winemaking. After destemming, the must (juice and skins) is chilled for a period of cold soaking. Fermentation begins naturally as the juice warms up and this is also when the delicate process of hand punch down begins. A unique tool, custom-made out of solid French oak, is used to press down the cap a few times during each day.
Following primary fermentation, the wine remains in the tank on the skins for a further period of extended maceration – a distinctive step in our approach to winemaking. Pressing is another decisive moment for our wine. We use a 1.5 ton, hydraulic basket press in order to enhance our hands on process of pressing. Up to this moment, all press wine is blended to the free run.
We use only French oak barrels, fifty percent new, sourced from a few of the best coopers in France. Secondary fermentation follows in the barrel where our wine matures for the next twenty months.”
Normandie Est. 1693 is one of the original twenty nine French Huguenot-settled farms in the Franschhoek region of the Cape Winelands. Our privileged location on the mid slopes of the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountain peak is twenty-eight kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. Set in a unique microclimate of hot days and cool nights, sixteen of our forty eight hectares are planted to vine with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grape varieties.
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