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Eikendal Chardonnay 2014

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Vinification:
The grapes were hand picked in three stages, ranging from 19.5°B to 23°B. The lot that was picked first, provided us with desired
freshness and acidity, whilst the riper lots imparted fresh citrus fruit, structure and creaminess to the wine. The grapes are cooled down to 1°C for one day before whole bunch pressing. After fermentation, the wine was aged for eleven months in 35% new, 500L French oak barrels, custom-made by Frenchman Bruno Lorenzon, with the balance second and third fill.

The barrel ageing process happened with minimum intervention and batonage, to preserve and harness the delicate characteristics
of the wine. The wine spent 12 months in barrel, after which it was carefully blended and bottled.

Wine analysis:
Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acid: 5.7 g/l
pH: 3.46
Alcohol: 13.10 vol.%

Winemaker’s Description:
This wine is packed with freshness and hints of minerality, enriched with crisp, ripe pears, honeysuckle, orange peel, apples and
honey. The palate is linear and features a tight minerality, with a creamy, fruity finish of great length. The aim during picking and vinification was to create a wine of freshness and elegance, without any overripe or overbearing flavours. The oak is well integrated and provides the perfect structure for the fruit components of the wine.

Maturation potential:
This wine is drinking well right now but also shows exceptional ageing potential of up to 10 years after vintage. Enjoy with lightly grilled salmon, roast fowl, a creamy curry or just on its own.

Serving Temperature:
12oC - 14oC in smaller white wine glasses.

Eikendal Classique 2013

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Cultivar:
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc

Vineyard
Planted in 2002/3, in rows running in an east-west direction. With vine spacing of 2.4m x 1.2m. Merlot clone 192, Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 46 and 163 and Cabernet Franc clone 1. Canopy height of 1.2m which carries 1.5kg. Well drained ‘’Koffieklip’’ soils with a clay layer at a depth of 1.2m. Specific leaf removal in bunch to reduce green flavours and enhance fruit, colour and structure. Picking dates are determined by sugar loading and berry aromatic sequence module.

Vinification:
Each variety was picked and vinified separately. Long and slow cold soakings before fermentation in small stainless steel tanks, with one punch down by hand each day. Natural fermentation took up to 40 days. MLF in barrel with wine not being racked at all and staying on MLF lees. Oaked for 18 months with 60% new oak.

Wine analysis:
Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acid: 6.10 g/l
pH: 3.5
Alcohol: 14.5 vol%

Winemakers description:
Years of hard work, dedication and an absolute obsession with quality have shaped this wine. This is our flagship wine and the
passion, detail and science that go into growing and producing this wine is profound. Please cellar it in perfect conditions and pick the perfect occasion to open it up in a decanter. You will be blown away.

Maturation potential:
If cellared correctly, it can easily age well for up to 25 years.

Serving Temperature:
18oC -20oC in large red wine glasses.

Eikendal Janina Unwooded Chardonnay 2015

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Vineyards:
The grapes stems from Eikendal and Elgin. The Eikendal vineyards have a North East aspect and are up to 170m above sea level. They are grown in the Peroldt five-wire trellising system on Duplex Koffieklip  (“Coffee  Stone”) and Estcourt soils. All trellised in the VSP system. Spur and Guyot pruning, Koffieklip soil with a mixture of gravel and sand. 2.4 x 1.2m plant spacing. The Elgin vineyards are 350m above sea level.

Vinification:
Janina 2014 is an elegant blend of 80% Eikendal Chardonnay grapes, clone 277, 95 and 96, while the rest stems from the Elgin
Valley, clone 277. So, to put this into perspective: it is a wine grown from 4 different blocks, 3 different clones and 2 different regions. Picked at different ripeness level, all according to the best quality each clone has to offer. The grapes from these blocks were fermented separately and this is our 1st Janina that relied solely on 100% natural fermentation. The result is a wine with more guts and depth and a rich mid palate. Aged on the lees for 6 months in 10% egg shaped tanks. This is without a doubt the best Eikendal has produced and we have taken unwooded Chardonnay to the next level in South-Africa.

Wine analysis:
Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acid: 6.0 g/l
pH: 3.32
Alcohol: 13.0 % vol.

Winemaker’s description:
Janina 2015 is rich on the nose, exuding honey flavours, sweet apple, orange peel, lemon zest and beautiful perfume with an expression of energy. On the palate you have a rich entry with a broad mid-palate but the great gift is the exceptional minerality that comes after the richness, which keeps the palate tight and fresh.

Maturation potential:
Eikendal Janina can be enjoyed now or within the next 3 years.

Serving Temperature:
12oC - 14oC

Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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Cultivar:
Sauvignon blanc

Vineyards:
This is a 100% wine of origin Elgin rendition. Elgin offers a very cool climate at an altitude of 350m above sea level and is optimal for premium Sauvignon blanc production. We also abide by two different clones of Sauvignon blanc - SB316 and SB317 – which offer a desired blend of fruit driven flavours combined with more earthy asparagus and fig flavours. Canopy manipulations range from extreme leaf removal to minimal intervention to produce these specific flavours. Vine spacing is 2.4m x 1.2m in most vintages the grapes are grown without any irrigation.

Vinification:
All blocks are kept separate through the Vinification process. Early morning pickings where after the grapes are cooled down to 1ºC before being delivered to the cellar. Destemming takes place but with only a soft crushing. Approximately 4 hours of skin contact where then allowed followed by a very soft pressing. Free run and press juice are kept separate. Over two nights the juice then settled at below 10ºC with minimal intervention. Fermentation was completely spontaneous and natural with no addition of artificial yeasts and took 8 months to complete. During this time the wine stayed on its primary lees. 80% was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 20% in small egg shaped tanks. Blending took place 8 months after harvest.

Analysis:
Residual Sugar: 3.5 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
pH: 3.4
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.

Winemaker’s Notes:
The Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is textured and layered. Expect an orchestra of different flavours ranging from peach and
pear to ripe figs and asparagus. Palate has a mineral core which enhances freshness and length kept together with a hint of richness.

Maturation potential:
Eikendal Sauvignon blanc is best drunk within the next 2-3 years.

Serving Temperature:
12oC - 14oC in smaller white wine glasses.

Eikendal Pinitage 2014

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Cultivar:
Pinotage

Vineyards:
These vineyards have a north westerly aspect and are about 150m above sea level, grown in the Peroldt five-wire trellising system on decomposed “Koffieklip” (“Coffee Stone”). The vines are between 10 -12 years of age and under irrigation.

Vinification:
The single Pinotage block was picked in the early morning to preserve the freshness. The grapes were vinified in open stainless steel fermenters and received minimal pump-overs daily, spending about 15 days on the skins in total. After pressing, the batches underwent Malolactic fermentation in barrel, followed by further maturation in small second and third fill (300L) barrels for up to 12 months, after which they were blended for bottling with minimal filtration and fining.

Analysis:
Sugar: 2.8 g/l
Total acid: 5.7 g/l
pH: 3.57
Alcohol: 14.5 vol.%

Winemaker’s Notes:
The wine has an attractive nose, which reminds of violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices. On the palate the wine is full and rounded, with soft tannins and a rich taste of black berries and plums. The elegant finish is long and pleasant.

Maturation potential:
Eikendal Pinotage 2013 is delicious to drink right now, but also shows good ageing potential of up to six years.

Serving Temperature:
18°C -20°C

Eikendal Merlot 2014

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Cultivar:
Merlot

Vineyards:
The vineyard is 165m above sea level. “Koffieklip’’ soils with a clay layer 1m deep. Planted in an east west row direction. Planting 1.2m x 2.4m. Vertical shoot positioning with spur pruning. Clone 348A. Vineyard age between 8-12 years. Under irrigation. Yield approximately 2kg per vine. Berry aromatic sequence module used for determining ripeness.

Vinification:
Grapes hand-picked in small crates. Cooled down in pre-cooler to 1°C. Berry sorting into the cellar. No crushing only destemming. Cold soaking for up to 15 days. Long slow fermentations with minimal punch downs. Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Matured 16 months in 300 liter custom made Burgundian oak barrels. 20% new oak.

Analysis:
Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acid: 6.4 g/l
pH: 3.4
Alcohol: 14.26 vol.%

Winemaker’s Notes:
The wine has an attractive nose, which reminds of violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices. On the palate the wine is full and rounded, with soft tannins and a rich taste of black berries and plums. The elegant finish is long and pleasant.

Maturation potential:
This wine is drinking well now, and can be enjoyed through 2018 and beyond.

Serving Temperature:
18°C -20°C in large red wine glasses.

Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2013/14

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Cultivar:
Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards:
Planted in 2003, in an east-west row orientation. Clone 163 – fruit driven and upfront – and Clone 46 – structured and serious. Trellised in a VSP system with planting 1.2m x 2.4m. Canopy height of approximately 1.4m with vines approximately 40cm off the ground. Leaf removal, on Clone 163 on both sides of the bunches and on Clone 46 only on the morning side, is done to increase light intensity and fruit. Sugar loading and berry aromatic sequence are used to determine picking dates. Irrigation is done via leaf water potential, determined by a pressure chamber. ‘Koffieklip’ soil of approximately 1m in depth at the foot of the Helderberg mountain, 8km from False B – idyllic terroir for varietal excellence.

Vinification:

Picked by hand. Berry sorting. Cold soaking of up to 14 days. Long slow, natural fermentation of up to 40 days, with one punch down by hand per day. Natural malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Matured in custom-made barrels from our suppliers – Bruno Lorenzon (Burgundy), Chassin (Burgundy) and Boutes (Bordeaux) for up to 16 months, after which the different blocks and clones were blended and bottled with minimum filtration.

Analysis:
Sugar: 3.3 g/l
Total acid: 5.4 g/l
pH: 3.56
Alcohol: 14.5 vol.%

Winemaker’s Notes:

Take care of this wine as it is exceptional. A lot of care, passion and long hours went into producing this estate classic. 2013 is a special vintage for we had cool growing conditions, which produced very tightly structured wines. Austere and nervous at times with great length, lingering with red fruit as opposed to the deep ripe black fruit finish we have in our 2012 vintage.

Maturation potential:

20 years and beyond.

Serving Temperature:

18°C -20°C in large red wine glasses.

Eikendal Charisma 2013

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Cultivar:

Shiraz 72%, Petit Verdot 23%, Sangiovese 5%

Vineyards:

Vineyards approximately 170m above sea level. Planted in an east west direction in “Koffieklip” soil with a clay layer 1m deep. Vineyards are between 10 -12 years old and under irrigation. Berry aromatic sequence module used to determine picking at optimum ripeness and flavour.

Vinification:

Cultivars vinified separately. All gentle, long extraction with fermentation lasting up to 14 days. MLF in barrel. 80% in 500l barrels 3rd and 4th fills, 20% in 20 years old 4 500l vats. Aged for 15 months in oak, where after blending was done. Kept in stainless steel tanks for 3 months. Soft filtration and bottling.

Analysis:

Sugar: 3.6 g/l
Total acid: 5.6 g/l
pH: 3.47
Alcohol: 14.5 vol.%

Winemaker’s Notes:

Rhône meets Spain meets Italy! New world, fruit driven, upfront style. Intense fruit on the nose which follows through to the palate. Silky tannins with a hint of sweetness ensure a smooth wine with delicious juicy fruit. Exuding classic violets and spice nuances, the Shiraz lends a clean, fresh structure to the wine, whilst the Petit Verdot adds black fruit, spice and spunk to the blend, and the Sangiovese the final, refined touches with its clean fruit and smack of tomato paste. A different blend that makes sense once it is in your glass.

Maturation potential:

Eikendal Charisma 2013 is delicious right now, and has the body and structure to improve with cellaring over the next 4-6 years.

Serving Temperature:

18°C -20°C in large red wine glasses.