Its unwavering quest for varietal excellence is paying off for the distinguished Eikendal Estate, who has just clinched a spot in the fine-wine only 2016 Top 100 SA Wines competition for its Pinotage 2014.
In addition to its Top 100 triumph, the Eikendal Pinotage 2014, which breaths elegance and finesse, was awarded Double Platinum status by the National Wine Challenge of which the Top 100 SA Wines now forms part of. The esteemed international palates of the Top 100 SA Wines panel also awarded Double Gold to four Eikendal reds from the 2013 vintage: the beguiling, Shiraz-driven Charisma; flagship Bordeaux blend, Classique 2013; Merlot and multi-crowned Cabernet Sauvignon. Double Silver went to two Eikendal whites; the estate’s flagship Chardonnay 2014 and Sauvignon Blanc 2015.
“Aspiring to iconic status, Eikendal produces esteemed wines that impress with great fruit purity and strong regional and varietal integrity. It is above all the quality of our lively soils and enviable terroir on the foot of the Helderberg that makes it possible to produce our quality wines,” shares Nico Grobler, a dedicated and thoughtful cellarmaster and reason behind Eikendal’s growing success.
“Eikendal has come a long way since its fledging days in 1981. Today we embrace a gilt-edged era of a more focused and structured wine lineage that showcases the best in varietal recognition. Awards do not define your wines, the vineyards do and fortunately we sit on a ‘good wicket’,” adds Nico.
In addition to its ‘great dirt, in a great place’, Eikendal also enjoys a favourable climate, a near perfect blend of warm and cool, with the proximity of False Bay (8 kilometres) and the Helderberg Mountain lending a desired cooling effect which is perfect for berry, colour and structure development.
Eikendal Pinotage 2014
“We get enough light intensity to develop a desired taste profile with reduced green characters, but due to our proximity to the coast and the Helderberg Mountain we are exposed to wind and sea breezes, especially at night time. This has a great cooling effect which is perfect for berry, colour and structure development and helps to control growth, crop size and quality,” adds Nico.