Normandie Est. 1693 Eisen & 


The Normandie Estate Eisen & Viljoen is one of the fine wine world’s best kept secrets. It is difficult to understate how highly regarded and successful this wine is in South Africa - next time you are in Cape Town, find it listed in their top 5 restaurants (including the award-winning Test Kitchen) and sold with passion by their most highly regarded sommeliers.  This 2012 is already sold out in the local market. 

Wine Source are delighted to continue to have exclusive distribution rights on all markets outside of South Africa. We are committed to spreading the word about this superb estate and its gorgeous wines.

2012 Normandie Est. 1693 Eisen & Viljoen  
Release Price: £330 in bond case of 6

The vintage

2012: Rainfall was below average for winter, with very cold temperatures during the last part of the season.  A cool spring with later budding lasted into mid summer.  Very little rain led to extremely warm and windy conditions in the late summer (early January) before harvest.  Meticulous canopy management together with precision irrigation and farming helped the grapes achieve full ripeness without becoming sun scorched. 

Tasting note

Eisen & Viljoen 2012 has a rich, ruby red hue, with aromas of red cherries and hints of aniseed. On the palate, ripe red cherries at the entrée lead to plum and red fruit flavours with delicate notes of cedar and liquorice. This is a rounded, mouth-filling wine full of juicy berry fruit, spice and well-balanced oak. 2012 is an elegant, complex and well-balanced vintage with refined tannins complementing the fresh acidity. Aged in barrel and bottle for a total of 46 months, Eisen & Viljoen is a graceful, complex wine of uncompromising quality. Drink 2020 to 2035

Praise for Eisen & Viljoen

“Eisen & Viljoen is a rare gem. Every sommelier craves a pleasant surprise when confronted by a new wine and I can proudly say the chemistry was instantaneous. The fanatical attention to detail is inspiring. From the label, simple but elegantly hewed, to the bottle design, a revolutionary wax artwork that exudes a modern take on wine and luxury taste. The firm tannins give an uncompromising promise that this is a wine to be enjoyed well into the foreseeable future.” Lloyd Jusa, Sommelier, Five Hundred, The Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg.

“Eisen and Viljoen takes South African red wine to new heights. A new cellar on historic terroir - this is the wine to follow and enjoy in the years to come. A cult wine in the making.” Vanessa Cinti Borgia, Head Sommelier, CUT at 45 Park Lane, Dorchester Collection, London.

“Eisen & Viljoen is the latest wine to add to the very elite list of great wines globally. From the new world, but with all the complexity and passion to stand up to the best of the old world wines.” Guillaume Glipa, Director of Food & Beverage, Chiltern Firehouse, London.

The estate

Normandie EST. 1693 is one of the original 29 French Huguenot-settled farms in the Franschhoek region of the Cape Winelands. Their privileged location on the mid slopes of the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountain peak is 28 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Set in a unique microclimate of hot days and cool nights, 16 of their 48 hectares are planted to vine with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grape varieties.

Fresh springwater streams surround the vineyards, irrigating the clay layer in the sub soil and creating a buffer during the summer heat to protect the vines. Well-drained colluvium (a mix of sand, sandstone, quartz stones and rocks) lies above the clay layer and is ideal for flourishing vines. The topsoil is made up of the unique weathered Table Mountain sandstone. This well-drained soil enables the vines to grow with the sought after moderate vigour that is the basis for these exceptional wines.

After terroir, meticulous viticulture is the most important aspect in producing a superlative wine.  The vines are trellised and spur pruned solely by hand. Summer canopy management is carefully executed and maintained by an expert viticulture team. The estate’s commitment to the handmade, minimum interference methodology of winemaking begins with bunch and berry selection in the vineyards from berry set to véraison (the onset of ripening) and finally at harvest. The grapes are always hand harvested in small basket lots during the fresh early morning hours.

Only French oak barrels are used, 50% 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. Barrel-aged for 20 months with a further 24 months in the bottle, each bottle is then hand waxed and labelled on the estate – the result, literally a piece of wine art.