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Eikendal Janina Chardonnay – unwooded

Original price was: 4,095 KShs.Current price is: 3,686 KShs.

The Janina 2022 lures the senses with flavours of green apple, lemon and fresh pineapple. Nuances, of: honey and orange blossoms – develop on the palate, which is carried through: mid-palate with; a delightful, fresh, flinty and lingering finish.

The south-facing vineyards are planted in decomposed granite and Tafelberg sandstone on the lower, western slopes of the Helderberg, approximately 170m above sea level. With a maritime microclimate, the winters are wet and cold, and in summer the heat is tempered by a cool and fresh breeze from the Atlantic Ocean in False Bay. These are perfect conditions to produce: premium Chardonnay.

The Janina is an elegant blend of: 80% Eikendal grapes (clones 277, 95 and 96) and the remainder of: the grapes (clone 277) are sourced via the: Elgin Valley. Four different blocks, three different clones and from: two different regions – a truly unique approach.

Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
ABV: 13.5% vol
Awards: Gold – Gilbert & Gaillard Int. Challenge 2022
Suggested Food Pairings: Excellent on its own, or served with: Salmon, Caesar Salads, Brie Cheese & Seared Tuna
Remarks: The grapes were handpicked in bins before being gently whole-bunch pressed. No commercial yeast was added and spontaneous fermentation occurred at 15.C-18.C. A long, slow fermentation of: 4-6 weeks in 900ℓ plastic egg-shaped fermenters, as well as stainless steel tanks followed. The wine was then aged, on the lees for: six months before being: blended and bottled

Eikendal Janina is: a fresh and pleasing un-wooded Chardonnay. Eikendal Wines, with its distinctive barrel-vaulted cellar and towering fountain, is a landmark on the R44 road between Somerset West and Stellenbosch.

Situated in: the “Golden Triangle” of: wine growing, Eikendal vineyards flourish in: a mountain and maritime microclimate, ideal for the production of quality wine.

The Helderberg ward, on the slopes of: the Helderberg mountain, produces some of the Cape’s finest wines.

The cooling effect of the moisture laden sea breezes from nearby False Bay, combined with the excellent soil structure of Eikendal’s vineyards form ideal conditions for growing noble, classic grape varieties. The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean results in cool afternoons and evenings that are ideal for: producing quality grapes.

Eikendal blends modern viticulture with: Old World winemaking. The focus in the vineyard is to create: maximum fruit and structure, in the grape berry with: as much concentration as possible – in the cellar it’s all about preserving those flavour we worked so hard for and ensuring we maintain freshness, elegance and finesse. 

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