Normandie Est. 1693, Franschhoek, South Africa

The stunning estate and terroir of Normandie is one of the original 27 French Huguenot farms established in the Cape Winelands in 1693. It borders renowned L'Ormarins on one side and Boschendal on the other.

Mark Eisen, the owner - fell in love with the land as a small boy, growing up locally. He later left for New York, enjoying a successful career in design and fashion over 30 years, before being tempted back with his wife Karen, to fulfill their dream. Mark was quick to seek out the advice of leading enologists to upgrade his 48 hectare farm. 18 hectares was kept under vine, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. That was 2008 and today, their outstanding red blend Eisen & Viljoen is firmly set on its path to become an icon.

Leading viticulturist and winemaker, Johan Viljoen, and viticulturist, Bennie Booysen, have been the major force and partnership behind this. Mark's wife Karen laid down the challenge of producing a serious and seductive Rosé and so it is that the estates second (and only other) wine is a beautiful, salmon-colored Rosé made from Merlot. The unique micro-climate of hot days and cool nights gives this wine a refreshing yet complex palate - one that is instantly appealing and which happily answers Karen's original challenge.

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