93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Back after a break in 2019, Eikendal’s deftly framed Merlot comes from two vineyards planted with different clones. Aged in older, larger wood, which allows the wine to breath, this has plum and green pepper flavours, assertive tannins and lovely texture. 2023-28
4 Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Clean, fresh varietal character of fruit cake with hint of tobacco on youthful 20 (89 pts). Ripe & richly full-bodied (14.2% alcohol), counterpoised by big acidity, firm tannins.
The Stellenbosch vineyards are situated 170m above sea level and planted in “Koffieklip” (“Coffee Stone”), as well as decomposed granite soil with a clay layer 1m deep in an east-west row direction.
The grapes were hand-picked in small crates and cooled down in a pre-cooler to 1˚C. Berry sorting into the cellar. The grapes were not crushed, only destemmed after which it was cold soaked for up to 15 days. Long and slow fermentation was maintained with minimal punch downs.
Malolactic fermentation occurred in the barrel. The wine was matured for 16 months in 300l custom made Burgundian oak barrels – 20% new oak and 80% 2nd and 3rd fill.
The Eikendal Merlot 2020 has an attractive nose that reminds one of forest floor, violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices. On the palate the wine and full and rounded, with soft tannins and a rich taste of black berries and plums. The elegant finish is long and pleasant.
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