Eikendal, Janina, Unwooded Chardonnay, StellenboschEikendal
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vineyards and Viticulture:
These vineyards have a north east aspect and are up to 170 m above sea level, grown in the Peroldt five-wire trellising system on Duplex Koffieklip (“Coffee Stone”) and Estcourt soils. These vineyards comprise about 9 hectares of the total of 55 planted.
Minimal intervention. That is the focus. Let the Helderberg do the talking. Grapes picked nice and early, cooled down to 1-3ºC before pressing. Soft whole bunch pressing with overnight settling. Long and slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. Kept on lees for 6 months before clarification and bottling.
A true unwooded chardonnay . Complex in the sense that nothing is too obvious in the wine. Tight and linear with extreme freshness. Hints of minerality balanced with fresh citrus and straw like flavours. All natural acidity, which gives a long easy finish. This wine will become more rich and concentrated over the next year and can be aged for up to 2-4 years. Eikendal “Janina” is best drunk within the next 2-3 years.
Shellfish and summer salads.