Eikendal, Janina Unwooded Chardonnay 2021

On the Janina 2021, you can expect bright notes of green apple, lemon and fresh pineapple.

Nuances of honey and orange blossoms develop on the palate with a delightful, fresh, flinty and lingering finish.

The newly released 2021 is awaiting a rating, however, the 2019 vintage was rated ‘Best Value White’ in Tim Atkin’s 2020 Report.

£15.20

In stock

Stellenbosch

Chardonnay

Bone-drySweet

Description

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

The Janina 2021 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.

VINEYARDS
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.

VINIFICATION
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 from the Elgin Valley. Four different blocks, three different clones and from two different regions – a truly unique approach.

The grapes were handpicked in bins before being gently whole-bunch pressed. No commercial yeast was added and spontaneous fermentation occurred at 15oC-18oC. 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.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

13%

Grape

Chardonnay

Vintage

2021

Wine Farm

Origin

Stellenbosch

Pair with Caesar Salad, Cheese Soufflé & Seared Salmon Teriyaki.

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