Eikendal, Pinotage, StellenboschEikendal
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vineyards and Viticulture:
Grapes are sourced from a single block facing East to West to maximize sun exposure. Situated on slopes 155 meters above sea level, the 15 year old vines are trained on a vertical shoot positioning system. Planted on the unique ‘Koffieklip’ soil that is iron rich, with good water retention but poor drainage. Drip irrigation is used in the vineyards. The single Pinotage block was picked early morning to avoid the worst of the heat wave.
The grapes were vinified in large stainless steel tanks and received several pump-overs daily, spending about 15 days on the skins in total. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank, followed by 14 months maturation on its lees in a combination of old (90% 2nd-4th fills) and new (10%) Burgundian oak barrels (500l). The wine was bottled with minimal filtration and fining.
This wine is seductive and elegant, with great finesse. The nose is full of berry, plum, cherry and chocolate flavours. The palate shows sophisticated oak integration with a supple and lingering finish.
Roast or grilled red meat, game, roasted vegetables, mature cheese