Eikendal, Infused by Earth Cabernet Franc 2017

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One of two wines in Eikendal’s ultra premium Infused by Earth range and well worthy of the title.

Made with grapes from a single block, this wine is complex and beautifully perfumed.

Black fruit, spice and herbaceousness are accentuated by some tertiary characteristics of forest floor. Wonderful.

95pts | Tim Atkin


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Cabernet Franc

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Situated in the “Golden Triangle” of wine growing, at the foot of the Helderberg mountains, Eikendal vineyards flourish in a mountain and maritime microclimate, ideal for the production of quality wine.

The fruit for the Cabernet Franc hail from a 20-year-old single block growing in ferricrete sedimentary rock and clay. Harvest and vinification applied the utmost care and least interventions, to ensure flavours and aromas developed in the vineyard were preserved in the wine. It spent time in barrel and was bottled in mid-2018.

A small section from the block that is used for the Eikendal Classique. The section has a very high ration of ‘koffieklip’ (coffee stone) which has a depth of 1.2m before it hits the clay layer. In between the koffieklip (coffee stone) there is some gravel and decomposed granite. This section is a very well drained tough area to grow in. The vines are under stress most of the time and growth is reduced compared to the rest of the block. High light intensity form fruit-set due to non-vigorous growth. Small berries and bunches approximately 20 – 30% less in bunch and berry size compared to the rest of the block. This section is non – irrigated as well. Leaf removal is done on the morning side after fruit set to increase light intensity even more. Sequential harvesting and sugar loading used to determine picking date. 10% of the grapes where picked at Pre- fresh fruit, 80% Fresh – fruit and 10% at Mature fruit.

10% Pre-fresh fruit was added as whole bunch into the tank with the other two fruit phases destemmed but not crushed. Difference in days from Pre-fresh fruit picking to mature fruit picking is 24 days. 10% Whole bunch was added due to hot early vintage to ensure freshness and chalk on the wine. 24 day cold soaking. Spontaneous fermentation of up to 35°C. One punch down every 2nd day. Fermentation lasted about 18 days. Wine did not ferment dry on the skins. Soft pressing followed. Settled down in tank for a week before it was taken to barrel.

500L 2nd and 3rd fill untoasted Bruno Lorenzon barrels for 12 x months. Wine finished MLF before alcoholic fermentation. Wine was sulphured up slightly in August – RS still not dry. Wine started to ferment again in October where it finished fermentation in barrel in January 2016. After 12 a months it was racked out of barrel onto fresh 2016 Cab Franc lees. Was kept in stainless steel for 3 months (sulphured up) to settle down clean. Bottling place without any fining or filtration. Was bottled October 2016.

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Lamb meatballs in a tomato sauce, turkey with cranberry sauce or roasted camembert.

2 reviews for Eikendal, Infused by Earth Cabernet Franc 2017

  1. 95pts | Tim Atkin

    There was no Infused by Earth Cabernet Franc in 2016, so this is the second vintage of an ambitious wine first produced in 2015. Made with grapes from the same block as Classique, it’s a complex, concentrated, engagingly perfumed red with remarkable density and precision, stylish 10% new wood and graphite and green pepper scents. 2022-30

    Tim Atkin 2019 SA Report

  2. 94pts | Platter’s

    2017 less plush, more pure than last-made 2015, with black fruit, black pepper, fresh mint, herbal (not herbaceous) & forest floor hints, elegant after year in untoasted 500L French oak, 10% new. Naturally fermented, like all the wines, & under 12.5% alcohol.

    Platter’s 2020

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