Normandie est. 1693
In 2008 Mark Eisen set about to create a wine from his native Cape in South Africa of unrivalled quality. Having been highly successful in the fashion industry, Normandie has never been about profit, rather total commitment to making the best wine they possibly could. The first vintage was 2009 from vines planted in 2000. Normandie Est. 1693 is one of the original twenty-nine French Huguenot-settled farms in the Franschhoek region of the Cape Winelands. Located on the privileged mid slopes of the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountain peak is twenty-eight kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. Set in a unique microclimate of hot days and cool nights, sixteen of the forty-eight hectares are planted to vine with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grape varieties. After terroir, meticulous viticulture is the most important aspect in producing a superlative wine. Their vines are trellised and spur pruned solely by hand with their commitment to the handmade, minimum interference methodology of winemaking.