ANNO 1693, is a rich, elegant, complex and well-balanced Bordeaux-style red blend made from two varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All of the grapes are grown and nurtured on Normandie Est. 1693. ANNO 1693 is the second red blend from the Estate; it is the natural extension to the iconic and legendary Eisen & Viljoen. Anno 1693 was created with all of the passion and expertise that Normandie Est.1693 is renown for with the purpose of expanding the treasured wine experience.
Abundant sunlight helps our vines to achieve sufficient bud fertility for us to use hand spur pruning with great results. Our Summer canopy management includes shoot thinning in mid-Spring as needed and further leaf thinning later in the season. Shoot positioning is another tool we use to achieve perfect, homogenous ripeness and bring naturally well balanced grapes into the cellar. Bunch sorting is done in the vineyard during a careful hand harvest in order to achieve an even ripeness.
After destemming, the selected grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks with daily pump overs. Pressing of the fermenting grapes and must is done at around 5°B, after which the wine ferments dry in small French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in the same barrels, after which the wine is racked and returned into washed barrels for the ageing period of approximately 12 months. Barrels are 100% French oak of which 25% are new every vintage.
After careful bottling, Anno 1693 is aged for a further 18 months prior to labeling, at which time the unique seal is meticulously hand applied.
Anno 1693 is an elegant, generous and complex yet accessible Bordeaux-style red blend that is a true reflection of the high standard set by Normandie Est. 1693 and its’ exceptional terroir; a worthy stall mate for Eisen & Viljoen.
We experienced one of the coolest and rainiest winter seasons in the past decade. The cold and wet weather ensured an even bud burst, but initial vineyard growth was slow due to a cool, wet spring and early summer. The climate was favourable during flowering and good berry set was obtained. High rainfall around mid-November resulted in strong vigour, which required meticulous canopy management and crop control to achieve ideal canopy aeration and sunlight exposure. Mild conditions during the very important ripening period provided slow and proper ripening, with cooler weather in March. As a result, our grapes had excellent colour and elegant structure at very acceptable sugar levels. Our yield was 50 hectolitres per hectare.
ANNO 1693 vintage 2014 has a deep, rich hue of dark plum and burgundy. Cassis, mixed with sweet ripe plums, reach the nose first and intensify over time in the glass where a combination of red and black berries await and tempt. Delicate spices and well balanced oak tones sit proudly the background. On the palate, ripe red cherries at the entrèe lead to plum and red fruit. Delicate notes of cedar combined with an edge of aniseed fill the palate. Rich and elegant, complex and balanced with gripping tannins on the mid-palate. The after taste lingers with memories of cedarwood and juicy ripe fruit.
Aged in barrel and bottle for a total of thirty months, ANNO 1693 vintage 2014 is an elegant, rich, complex wine with uncompromising quality and it is a true reflection of exceptional terroir.
Karen & Mark Eisen