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History & Philosophy
Situated in the Cape Winelands of South Africa the barrel-vaulted cellar buildings of Eikendal Vineyards form a distinctive landmark on the R44 route, positioned between the historic university town of Stellenbosch and the residential suburbs of Somerset West. Since 1981 the 76 hectare wine farm has been under the ownership of the Saager family of Zurich. The Swiss owners recognised the great potential of the area and wasted no time in modernising and extending the vineyards and the cellar facilities. Eikendal Vineyards produce an exciting range of premium South African classic varietals and blends.
Vineyard & Climate
The winery is positioned in the so-called “Golden Triangle” of South Africa’s red wine production. Eikendal have excellent terroir, with ‘koffieklip’ coffee stone and sandy soils with a good layer of clay beneath. The close proximity to the sea of False and Table Bay provides a cooling and humidifying effect, aerating the vines leading to less disease pressure, and cooling down the vines at night. Extended ripening periods leads to better quality grapes and a reduced loss of natural acidity. Eikendal take a minimal intervention approach in the vineyard, only using chemicals when absolutely necessary. Their vineyard team have been on the estate for generations, and are exceptionally skilled and trained. Straddling the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range, some of the Cape's finest wines are produced here.
EIKENDAL VINEYARDS, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The wine sees a small percentage of oak fermentation that adds complexity, body and texture. Herbaceous with bright lemon and gooseberry notes, follows on the palate with a touch of white peach, lingering acidity and long finish.
Janina Chardonnay – unoaked
Hints of minerality balanced with fresh citrus and straw-like flavours. A true unwooded Chardonnay.
Ripe blackberry and blackcurrant characters with spicy and sweet French oak notes.
Very fruity, with juicy plum and blackberry, green pepper and a touch of herbs, with soft tannins and fresh acidity.
Classic Pinotage with a very aromatic nose of damsons and wild berries. Soft and fleshy with jammy fruit notes on the palate.
Ripe black and red berries with hints of tobacco, chocolate, mint and spice flavours.
Attractive vanilla, almond and apple nose, soft, buttery with green pineapple, sweet spice and crisp acidity.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Very complex and pronounced with cassis, leafy and peppery notes balanced by sweet spice of oak, good structure and firm tannins.