Eikendal "Janina" Unwooded Chardonnay 2018

Eikendal "Janina" Unwooded Chardonnay 2018

The Janina 2018 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.

Pair with Caesar Salad, Brie Cheese, Seared Tuna

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Nico Grobler
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13% % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.21  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  


Vintage 2019
2019 Prescient Chardonnay Report - 89 Points

ageing : Up to three years

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 clon

in the vineyard : 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 micro-climate, 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.

in the cellar : 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.