What do the late billionaire, Dr Anton Rupert, and the rugby legend, Jan Boland Coetzee, have in common?

They both played a role in the Saager family’s acquisition of the Stellenbosch wine farm Eikendal.

This interesting bit is shared, amongst other facts, by the passionate cellar master of Eikendal wine farm, Nico Grobler. His philosophy is that a wine’s profile is built in the vineyard. It is all about viticulture. And Nico has walked a journey with all the wines in Eikendal’s vineyards for the past eleven years.

Carla, Nico & Peter (NGF)

The Eikendal wines were complemented by the divine degustation menu, recently tasted at The Codfather, Sandton – in collaboration with Norman Goodfellows distinct liquor merchants.

Crusted beef fillet  IMG_1834

My personal favourite wine is the Eikendal Pinotage – which perfume, heady with red fruit, shows where it was grown: a non-irrigated vineyard. The Chardonnay is Nico’s favourite – masculine elegance from bush vines with a low yield. The Cabernet Sauvignon is also noteworthy for its Helderberg terroir – noticeable in the seaweed, long structure and fine tannins. It should last 10 – 15 years!

Seared kingklip & crayfish samoosa  Black pepper short bread and lemon posset

Freshness, elegance and finesse describe Eikendal’s wines best. These quality wines created by Nico Grobler are refreshingly affordable.

And that is a bonus for South African wine lovers.